BYOB: Bring Your Own Beamer
Here’s how it works: you pack as many artists as you can fit into a room, each of them wielding a projector. Then they each project whatever they want, wherever they want. It’s called BYOB, or Bring Your own Beamer. Beamer? You know how the Brits call trucks “lorries” and elevators “lifts”? Well the Germans call projectors “beamers.” Those silly Europeans, what will they think of next!
After the first BYOB in Berlin, the anarchistic romp was repeated in Athens, and again last week in New York City. The New York edition (see photos from the evening over at Rhizome) included Future Shipwreck faves Travess Smalley, Michelle Ceja and Artie Vierkant in a stellar line-up of 25 artists. But as tends to be the case, Los Angeles is about to outdo New York with a BYOB event this week featuring 29 artists! Eat it, big apple!
BYOB L.A. includes beams of light emanating from the minds and machines of rad people such as Eugene Kotlyarenko, Hazel Hill McCarthy III, and Parker Ito. Two net art masterminds, Guthrie Lonergan and Chris Coy (who also has a fun new project going on up at JstChillin), are responsible for assembling the evening’s west coast guest list, and they’ll be participating in the wild light show themselves. Don’t miss it this Friday, November 19th at the USC Gayle and Ed Roski MFA Gallery.
Apparently, the New York edition got so crazy, it caused a power outage. This could be a great opportunity to find yourself in a completely dark room full of foxy art nerds, don’t pass it up!