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Weekend Preview: Opera, Feline Friends, And The Power Of Sound And Image

Fun And Enlightenment Can Be Found This Weekend

Above: Audio artist Chad Mossholder, who graduated from SDSU and is one of the artists highlighted in Three Junctures of Remix.

Aired 1/24/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS:

Valerie Scher, arts journalist and critic for Opera Magazine

Beth Accomando, KPBS arts reporter and author of the blog Cinema Junkie

Transcript

This weekend provides a wide spectrum of events from opera to feline friends to the Human Rights Film Festival and more.

This weekend provides a wide spectrum of events from opera to feline friends. Here to discuss the weekend's possibilities are Valerie Scher, arts journalist and critic for Opera Magazine, and Beth Accomando, KPBS arts reporter and author of the blog Cinema Junkie.

The San Diego Opera opens its 48th Season with "The Daughter of the Regiment" this Saturday at the Civic Theater. The San Diego Opera has not done a production of "The Daughter of the Regiment" since 1990. It was written with the setting being the Napoleonic War but this production uses the waning days of World War II as the backdrop for its comedy about young love. More information is available at the San Diego Opera website. You can also watch Beth Accomando's behind the scenes video.

The Human Rights Film Festival begins tonight at the Museum of Photographic Arts and runs through Monday. This is the third time the festival is coming to San Diego and it's been described as “cinematic conscience of the world” by the New York Times for making a real difference. One thing the festival provides that you cannot get by simply renting the films is post film panels, Q&A's, and filmmaker interaction. A complete list of the films screening is available at MoPA's website.

Food and Water Bowl XXI Cat Show is this weekend at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. See up to 450 cats and 41 breeds with talks on feline history, health, behavior, grooming, types of breeds, and more.

Three Junctures Of Remix opened at UCSD's gallery@CALIT on January 17 and runs through March 15. The mixed media installation is curated by Curated by Eduardo Navas with artwork by Mark Amerika and Chad Mossholder along with Giselle Beiguelman, Arcángel Constantini, and Elisa Kreisinger. This group of international artists explore and consider the implications of the creative act of remixing. The art works crossover and explore three junctures (moments of production) of remix: the pre-digital/analog; the digital; and the post-digital. The exhibition considers how computing has changed and enabled people to recombine pre-existing material with unprecedented ease and relatively low costs. You can listen to some of the audio art and experimentation at one of the multiple artist websites. The installation celebrates truly experimental work that challenges people to look, listen, and think just a little bit differently.

Artist Mark Amerika says of the exhibit: "As always, the main reason for making this work was a chance to collaborate with Chad in our continuing series of experimental sound, video, DJ/VJ, and net art performances. 2012 was a productive year as we collaborated on two album length projects - one that we call "The Comedy of Errors" and that's available at glitchmuseum.com and this one now on exhibit in San Diego - "Micro-Cinematic Essays on the Life and Work of Marcel Duchamp.

"The main thematic concern of the work is to create a 'concept album' as a work of art. Duchamp is famous for having influenced much of 20th century contemporary art, especially as a conceptual artist. Think of his readymades or Mona Lisa mustache work. He was a kind of mash-up artist before mash-up was cool. And so we took some rare recordings of him giving a lecture and remixed them with my own voice doing a kind of cover version of the lecture and that grew into the album."

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