Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Lai
by Carmi, Chen, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 22; 1523180
Abstract (Summary)

This project, a film made of short video clips and still photographs, is a continuation of my observation of the urban birds of L.A County: pigeons, seagulls, and herons. There are two other sides that complete the triangle my work relies on: the Hispanic community, which is indirectly present in this document, and me, the outsider/wanderer. This triangle captures an essence of strangeness and uninvited existence that I find in this town, but can be found anywhere else.

I chose the format of the projected film because of its "lack of weight." I like the idea that the project has no real physical presence, that it is all data, or memory. Edward Limonov wrote that back in Russia, he had many books, but immigrants do not have books and now he has only three. I feel much the same about art objects and I find it appropriate that once I leave, carrying a compact disc in its case with me, I will leave no traces behind.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ruwedel, Mark
Commitee: Crockett, Bryan, Sittler Schrock, Rebecca
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Art
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Fine arts
Keywords: California, Documentary, Film, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Original photography
Publication Number: 1523180
ISBN: 9781303204456
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