We are thrilled to welcome Isalina Chow as the 2019-2020 Living Room Light Exchange Intern! Isalina is an artist based in San Francisco and engages in several dichotomies: personal and technological, cultural past and critical future, self and other. Her process is one of flux and relies on performance as a primary reference point. From an identity-based perspective, she seeks greater complexity within the current social framework and a new lens of relational understanding. Chow holds a B.A. in Studio Art from UCLA.
The Light Exchange is launching a membership program.
Since 2014 we’ve curated five seasons: over 150 speakers in nearly 50 living rooms, more than 50 free events, and three publications and a fourth on its way. LRLX supports new ways to gather around crucial concerns of art and technology.
Sign up to become a monthly supporter of the Living Room Light Exchange. With your participation, we can pay artists who speak at our events, organize free programming, commission and publish artists’ work, and bring diverse perspectives to the Bay Area cultural landscape.
Exchange is a critical component of what we do. Our membership program serves to play with the possibilities of this spirit.
LRLX Internship Open Call
SF Bay Area, Season 6: 2019-2020
Apply Now! The Living Room Light Exchange is seeking an intern for its 2019-2020 season of programming. Applications are due August 30, 2019 at 5pm.
The Living Room Light Exchange (LRLX) launched its internship program in 2016 as a core part of the organization’s structure. The internship program provides training within a small visual arts organization, allowing participants to assume professional-level responsibilities, receive training and guidance from LRLX curators and understand how a small fiscally-sponsored non-profit arts organization functions. It also provides participants with experience and access to the new media art community in the Bay Area, and training in ways to delve more deeply into the intersection of art and technology and the ways artistic practice can challenge a changing technological world.
Internship duration: Sep 2019-April 2020
Internship requirements and responsibilities:
6-8 hours per month
Attend monthly LRLX salons in rotating living rooms across the San Francisco Bay Area (largely in SF and Oakland). Dates for the 2019-2020 season are: Sep 17, Oct 15, Nov 19, Jan 21, Feb 18, Mar 17, April 21
Process publication sales at LRLX events
Update website monthly for each event (no coding required!) and special announcements
Update monthly events on our ticketing platform, WithFriends
Design and publish event updates on social media platforms, Instagram and Twitter
Support development of new LRLX Membership Program
Solicitation of in-kind donations from local organizations, with guidance
Communication with local bookstores and museum shop on the stocking of LRLX publications
Assist with publication planning by brainstorming thematic content and assisting in timelines creations
Optional: Design-oriented interns will have special opportunities to create content for our website and publications
A small honorarium of $100
Copies of all four of the LRLX publications, valued at $77
When possible, we partner with schools or universities to provide course credit
About the Living Room Light Exchange: The Living Room Light Exchange is a facilitated set of seven monthly salons dedicated to new media art forms and dialogues. Each event meets the third Tuesday of the month in rotating living rooms around the Bay Area, with discussions featuring three curated artists, scholars, or cultural producers working at the intersection of art and technology. Engaged discussions with attendees follow. LRLX is a place-based artist-run organization that relies on critical and playful methods to engage the public in current topics surrounding new media culture. LRLX is fiscally sponsored by Gray Area Foundation for the Arts. Past funding has been granted by Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure program, The Clorox Company Foundation, The Center for Cultural Innovation, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.
To apply: Email resume and brief letter of interest to: Liat Berdugo, LRLX co-founder and co-curator at firstname.lastname@example.org by August 30, 2019 at 5pm.
LRLX Guest Curator Open Call
SF Bay Area, Season 6: 2019-2020
The Guest Curator position is for the duration of one complete LRLX season. It requires 5-10 hours per month of managerial work and availability from 6pm-11pm on the Third Tuesday of the month for each exchange. The Light Exchange is a labor of love. We are able to provide a tiny tiny $250 honorarium along with reimbursements (for food and/or drinks only) accrued throughout the season.
The overall gist is that, together with Liat Berdugo, LRLX co-founder, you will oversee both the conceptual and logistical details of the Exchanges you are co-curating. This means choosing in advance who the speakers will be, then implementing the plan on a monthly basis. For each Exchange, it is necessary to understand what each speaker will be discussing, so that you can facilitate the evening’s discussion in a way that offers insight and easy access to different themes for a broad audience. It also means taking care of all the logistics so that the speaker, your co-curator, the other speakers, and the Exchange host are adequately prepared for a smooth evening of talks. The critical and playful dialogic nature of LRLX is one of its best characteristics, we take this preparation very seriously as part of the conceptual mission of LRLX.
LRLX Season 6 Dates:
Tue, Sep 16, 2019
Tue, Oct 15, 2019
Tue, Nov 19, 2019
Tue, Jan 21, 2020
Tue, Feb 18, 2020
Tue, Mar 17, 2020
Tue, Apr 21, 2020
LRLX happens in living rooms around the San Francisco Bay Area. As a guest curator, you need to be local, and mobile. If you aren’t local, we’ll still welcome your application but please make a note of how you plan to be present and able to carry out the curatorial tasks.
Structure of the Light Exchange:
Curators arrive at 6pm to set up, and speakers at 6:45pm. Doors open at 7pm and talks start at 7:30pm. Each speaker present for 15 minutes each, with 10 minute conversation to follow. We take a short break between speakers two and three, and have a longer group dialogue at the end of the night. The event wraps up around 10pm, and both curators stay to clean up.
Responsibilities: Broad Strokes together with your Season 6 co-curator, Liat Berdugo
Plan out the season’s speakers three months in advance
Plan out the host living rooms three months in advance
Invite speakers, and consult with them on their talk and the form it will take before they present, gather their bio + info for our website and newsletters
At each event:
Set up the living room
Tech check each speaker’s presentation when they arrive
Introduce the evening
Facilitate so that a conversation amidst the community and speakers unfolds in a casual, thoughtful/critical, accessible, meaningful, and engaged yet not-too-formal way. Be prepared to respectfully and thoughtfully wrap up a dialogue that exceeds time, is too much of a monologue, has deviated too far off topic for too long, or is exclusive and does not provide an entry point for others
Bring snacks or pizza (reimbursed of course) and help lay it out
Help clean up the home after everyone has left
Thank everyone involved, by email
Why this open call?
Liat Berdugo and Elia Vargas have been co-curating LRLX since they founded it in 2014. Elia moved abroad in 2019 and we welcomed our first guest curator, Dorothy R. Santos, to the team as Elia temporarily shifted his role to our annual publication and our long-term strategic initiatives. We envision this position as a yearly, rotating position for a curator to work alongside Liat (or Elia, when he returns!) as a way to bring broader perspectives, interests, and viewpoints to LRLX as we change and grow.
Panelists are Liat Berdugo, LRLX co-founder and co-curator; Elia Vargas, LRLX co-founder; and Dorothy R Santos, LRLX Season 5 guest curator. Decisions will be announced in June 2019.
Please submit your application by May 15, 2019.
Please send your answers to these questions along with your CV to email@example.com
Have you attended LRLX? (Yes/No)
Have you worked with LRLX in the past? If so, in what capacity?
Where are you based?
Why you would like to be LRLX Guest Curator?
Who are some artists / media theorists who you’d like to curate into Season 6?
We are excited to announce that Rochelle Spencer has written an article concerning the Living Room Light Exchange’s third publication, After the Internet. What will Social Networks Look Like After the Internet, on the Literary Hub, is linked below. Thank you to Rochelle for interviewing everyone involved.
On June 6, 2018 at 3pm The Living Room Light Exchange will put on a special event, "Automation Gone Awry," at CODAME's 2018 Art + Tech Festival. We'll be hosting a regular ol' light exchange -- this time, with a thematic angle on automation, AI, and public imagination around technology. We'll be joined by Brian Christian and Tanya Gayer, among others.
This programming is part of Day 1 of the festival's conference -- tickets are ➡️here ⬅️(discount code included in link!).
LRLX founders Liat + Elia will be heading to the Common Field Convening in LA from November 2-5 to talk about art outside of institutional frameworks. We've organized a working group with our friends at Place Talks and Heavy Breathing, and are excited for the conversations that will take place. If you're heading down to LA, or already live there, please join us!
Publication 2: State Change
Book Launch Party at THE THING QUARTERLY
447 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Doors open at 6:30, programming begins at 7pm
We're thrilled to announce the launch of our second published book, STATE CHANGE: Publication Two! The book features commissions of new works from new media artists, writers, and media theorists in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, a nexus of the technology industry, and from satellite Light Exchanges in New York, Paris, and Tel Aviv. This is the second series of award winning curatorial publications, gathering the work of current new media artists who question the role of technology, extraction, avatars, surveillance, and more.
We're having a proper party, with programming and more, to celebrate.
More about the book at http://www.livingroomlightexchange.com/publication
LRLX Publication 2 is in the works! All formats are welcome. The theme is STATE CHANGE. We're taking a closer look at in-betweenness, a quality we observe in both LRLX itself and in the world around us. We invite you to contribute a work that speaks to this liminality and its movements. The deadline for submissions is January 20, 2017. Pitch it here, and you'll find out by Jan 25 if it's accepted. And P.S. Publication 1 is still available online!
Dorothy R. Santos wrote a new essay about the Living Room Light Exchange, which was published today on Rhizome.org. Rhizome is a NY-based online journal and commissioning organization that has been formative in the critical dialogue in the art + technology sphere, and continues to push the boundaries of the discourse. Read the essay here.
We are giddy to be one of 16 Bay Area visual arts projects to receive funds from Alternative Exposure!
This year, Southern Exposure awarded $72,000 to 16 projects, distributing much-needed monetary support at a time of increasingly precarious conditions for artists in the San Francisco Bay Area. With major funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and additional backing from the San Francisco Grants for the Arts, Alternative Exposure supports the independent and self-organized work of artists and small groups playing a critical role in the Bay Area arts community.
This year's grant recipients are Bay Area Youth On-Air, The Compound Studio Artist Gallery, Congratulations Pine Tree, CTRL+SHFT, I Am San Francisco: Black Past and Presence, Irving Street Projects, Issued ID: Minority as Brand, Krowswork, LAND AND SEA, LEGION: Presents, Liberated Lens, Living Room Light Exchange, PLACE TALKS, The Present Group, Royal NoneSuch Gallery, and Tactical Review.
The 2015 grantees were selected by an outside panel consisting of Kevin B. Chen, artist, curator, and Manager of Artist Studio and Public Programs at the de Young Museum; Megan Prelinger, co-founder of the Prelinger Library, Round 3 Alt Ex grantee, and author of the recently published Inside the Machine: Art and Invention in the Electronic Age; and Aay Preston-Myint, a Chicago-based artist whose endeavors include Chances Dances, a queer social grantmaking project, and the publication Monsters & Dust.
The Living Room Light Exchange comes back for it's second season this September. We're thrilled to welcome Chip Lord, Ant Farm founder; Emily Martinez, who is coming to us from LA; and Oakland-based cross-disciplinary artist Allison Holt. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 15th at 7pm!