Kate Johnson projections onto buildings of the Getty Center for the grand opening of Pacific Standard Time (PST), 2011
Since 2000, Santa Monica’s 18th Street Arts Center has been the home of EZTV and its longest-running venue. Here, many of EZTV’s most notable projects have been achieved as members have nurtured, mentored, and promoted its place in the diverse history of Southern California’s arts-based practices.
During the first 7 years of its 18th Street organizational residency, EZTV was the LA-based meeting place for the Association of Independent Film & Videomakers, having hosted meetings for LA-SIGGRAPH, California Lawyers for the Arts, and presented a series of Salons which have brought community diverse voices in fields ranging from social justice to architecture, modern dance choreography to digital art.
In 2011, EZTV’s early history was included in the Getty Center & Museum’s massive region-wide initiative Pacific Standard Time, as part of COLAB, 18th Street’s exhibition of 4 seminal and exemplary artists and organizations involved in the alternative space arts movement.
EZTV logo and projections for the grand opening of Pacific Standard Time (PST), 2011
During its time at 18th Street, works for which EZTV has been an author or major collaborator have premiered at places such as the Cannes Film Festival, SIGGRAPH, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and PBS, and has been presented and recognized by UCLA and USC’s ONE Archives and Museum. In 2015, USC’s ONE Archives acquired much of EZTV’s early video works and some seminal ephemera as part of its permanent collection.
Works made during this time, in which core EZTV artists have been major collaborators, have been awarded the Emmy Award, Golden Mic Award, and Cine Golden Eagle.
Members of the core group have also given guest lectures internationally on EZTV’s rich history as well as topics ranging from Transhumanism (aka H+) to Cyber Security at institutions such as the Centre Pompidou, Paris; delivering keynotes at the EU-sponsored SULA Conference in Helsinki; and presenting at in conferences at Cal Tech, the College Art Association’s National Conference in NYC, Disneyland Paris, New School University/Parsons, as well as the School of Visual Arts, NYC.
After 40 years, EZTV has had an extremely rich, perhaps confusing, and decidedly influential role in the story of the media arts. But its story is really only beginning as new generations of artists, working with the existing core members, continue to experiment, create, and present their personal works and stories.
We thank you for being here and hope you learn more, and possibly even reach out to collaborate with us on a future project.
S.Pearl Sharp & Kate Johnson at the completion of Sharp's award-winning film about the African diaspora "The Healing Passage: Voices in the Water", which Kate was editor on. This image also shows the last days of analog video editing at EZTV at 18th Street, 2004
This video was made as part of an installation in 2005 by Kate Johnson. Created in a relatively recent post-9/11 world, it was a reaction to the resulting wars, the murder of Daniel Pearl, the mounting deaths and displacement of innocent people, and the ongoing escalation of terror and counter-terroism measures.
It is an exploration of the seemingly dualistic perception of justice and the resulting catastrophic consequences. Our simplest conceptions of justice teach that one can reach parity by taking from one, what was taken by another. Language further complicates already skewed notions by introducing simplistic statements like"an eye for an eye" as opposed to the reality that direct revenge creates devastating losses.
In the piece, as in life, eventually the two sides blur. Cause and effect become simultaneous in a volley of "stones" and where one begins and the other ends is indecipherable. All we know is what we are left with: funeral flowers and the remains of the forgotten.
Kate Johnson, David Katz, Michael Wright
Susanna B. Dakin, Jack Halberstam
Michael Kearns, Jimmy Shaw
Hit Man Gurung & Michael J. Masucci
Ellen C. Caldwell