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Creative Migration & Jasmin Blasco Laboratory (JBL) present a film collaboration about sustainable futures

Creating experimental time-based media to advance cultural diplomacy through art, social engagement and sustainable futures.

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Creative Migration is a nonprofit arts organization based in Los Angeles. Our mission is to produce and collaborate on initiatives to advance cultural diplomacy through the three pillars of art, social engagement and sustainable futures.


CURRENT PROGRAMMING

K_XYZ: The First Human Born In Space is a multi-disciplinary project primarily composed of short films written and directed by Jasmin Blasco, produced by Pico Studio in partnership with Creative Migration.

In a series of transmissions, The First Human Born in Space examines the long term effects of the condition of outer space on the human subject, mind and body. The orbital perspective of the native astronaut provides an alien vantage point on Earth from an environment of pure technological mediation. The project explores the ideology of function as it extends from engineering into the social realm.

Jasmin Blasco Laboratory (JBL) is an experimental research lab approaching time-based media as the site where sound, image, and language conspire to generate the fictional.

On Friday, December 4, 2015, JBL and Creative Migration organized a preview of the film project through #COPisHere, part of OpenIDEO's Accelerate program. The project’s official debut is in TILL IT’S GONE, an Exhibition on Nature and Sustainability, at the Istanbul Modern (January 13 – June 5, 2016) – featuring artists from various periods and geographies, explores artistic positions and approaches to the ecological issues and to the world we live in. 

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RELATED PAST PROGRAMMING

POST NEW BILLS: The Story of Green Patriot Posters (2014) is a short documentary illustrating how art can influence public perception towards environmental issues. Green Patriot Posters is a highly acclaimed multimedia design campaign that challenges artists to deepen public understanding and ignite collective action in the fight against climate change. So far, it has reached five million people through print media, public space and digital culture. The film features interviews with key Green Patriot Posters contributors (Shepard Fairey, Michael Bierut, DJ Spooky, Mathilde Fallot) and its founders (The Canary Project, Dmitri Siegel).

POST NEW BILLS was the only American film accepted into the first edition of Project Green in 2011. Launched by NOMAD Films, an independent production company based in New York and Paris, Project Green was an initiative challenging filmmakers to create sustainable projects and incorporate environmental awareness into their content. POST NEW BILLS has screened in New York, Boston, Berkeley, Chicago, Los Angeles and Stockholm. The film was also featured in 100 Days of Active Resistance, an online art installation and book published by Artbook D.A.P. to engage today’s youth through 100 images born from Vivienne Westwood’s manifesto encouraging the pursuit of culture and of art to provide an antidote to propaganda.

POST NEW BILLS was shot in Los Angeles, Ventura, San Francisco, New York, Paris and Stockholm. The film's director/producer, Susannah Tantemsapya, was the only person to travel to all locations, producing each shoot with local crews in each city. This significantly reduced the production’s carbon footprint, especially in the form of international air travel. Public transit, carpooling, on-foot production days, virtual Skype meetings, usage of High Definition video equipment, rechargeable batteries and natural/available light, online paperwork; reusable water bottles; and local, organic food for crew meals are some of the sustainable methods utilized during the shoot, which saved waste, energy, time and money. This process became part of the film’s overall narrative, fundamentally influencing the lives of the filmmaker, crew and its subjects.


Projection (2015) is the site-specific intervention on the iconic, yet blighted Sunset Pacific Motel by Vincent Lamouroux. This exhibition was on-view in Los Angeles from April 26 to May 10, 2015. It continues to attract visitors daily (over 5,500 to date) as it embarks into its entropic state. Creative Migration and its founder, Susannah Tantemsapya, worked with Vincent Lamouroux for almost two years to bring this ephemeral, public artwork into fruition.

The process of installation on existing architecture enabled this to be a large-scale piece that was mounted from April 13 to 26, 2015. The limewash mixture was rapidly applied in thick coats, blurring the building's details while preserving and clarifying the structure's essential shape. The limewash has an ambiguously strange quality that when applied is both textured and delicate. The trees and billboard surrounding the motel were included in the installation as an outline, framing a plot of land – rather than simply architecture – to signal the abrupt change in the landscape and return the spectator to a prime source of spatial information.

Projection disrupted the landscape that Angelenos have been accustomed to seeing, thus allowed the viewer to re-examine their own experience of the urban environment. It has garnered tremendous media attention with more than 100 features placed in international publications such as Liberation, The Guardian and W Magazine. 



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Photo of Celenk Bafra

We are extremely delighted to host First Human Born in Space at Istanbul Modern. It is full of metaphores and hints for a sustainable and unsustainable future in the planet/s. check out the website and the making of video : http://www.istanbulmodern.org/en/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/till-its-gone_1743.html

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Photo of Susannah Tantemsapya

It's an honor that this project is a part of such a significant exhibition Celenk Bafra - hopefully we can continue the work through the OpenIDEO fellowship!

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Photo of Guillaume

The First Human Born in Space looks like an awesome project!
Need to know more about it. Could you post me any new developments?

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Photo of Susannah Tantemsapya

Thank you! You can stay connected to us and learn more about this project here - please feel free to sign up on the email list: http://creativemigration.org/contact

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Photo of Kendra Gaeta

Wow! This looks awesome... I would love to see this happen: can you put me on your mailing list?

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Photo of Susannah Tantemsapya

Thanks Kendra Gaeta - Please feel free to stay connected to us and learn more about upcoming projects/events: http://creativemigration.org/contact

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Photo of Greg Donahue

Great project, Susannah. I love the forward-thinking attitude on sustainability and climate change -it's missing in most of the conversations these days.

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Photo of Susannah Tantemsapya

Thanks Greg Donahue - your project looks very engaging and interesting!

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Photo of Seamus Garrity

This is so great.  Projection had a huge effect on the local community as well as Los Angeles at-large.  Thank you Creative Migration!

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Photo of Susannah Tantemsapya

Thanks Seamus Garrity - we appreciate your participation and enthusiasm form our programming. Please spread the word!

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Photo of Rutger Woudenberg

❤️

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Photo of Susannah Tantemsapya

Thanks for the love Rutger Woudenberg 

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Photo of Ashley Lanaux

This is a awesome!!

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Photo of Susannah Tantemsapya

Thanks Ashley Lanaux - we're gearing up for the next installment. Please spread the word, we're excited for this opportunity with OpenIDEO :-)

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Photo of Bijou Pennington

Fascinating concept, I've been following your work since "Projection"!  Wish I could go to Istanbul.

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Photo of Susannah Tantemsapya

Thanks Bijou Pennington ! 
Please feel free to stay connected to us and learn more about upcoming projects/events: http://creativemigration.org/contact

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Photo of Fiona Ball

So excited for US screenings! Hopefully one in Los Angeles :) 

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Photo of Susannah Tantemsapya

Thanks Fiona Ball  - we're trying to have another LA screening this spring, stay tuned!

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Photo of J. Martin

This project is very intriguing. If you are selected for this fellowship, will you continue the story?

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Photo of Susannah Tantemsapya

Thanks J. Martin ! Yes, we would use the fellowship to film the next installment of this project - fingers crossed!

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Photo of tim

wow super fascinating, excited to see what's up next!!!

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Photo of Susannah Tantemsapya

Appreciate your enthusiasm - hopefully, we are selected for this fellowship in order to film the next installment of The First Human Born In Space! Please spread the word :-)

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Excited for the next screening! Great adventure! Cheers!

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Photo of Susannah Tantemsapya

Thank you! Please stay in touch and we will let you know when the next screening is happening :-)

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Photo of Sarah Zoraya

Interesting concept. I can't wait to see the films. Does this mean I need to go to Istanbul?

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Photo of Susannah Tantemsapya

Thanks Sarah Zoraya - the film project is on view at the Istanbul Modern for 6 months. During that period, we will have other screenings in Europe and the USA. Where are you located?
Please feel free to stay in touch via our newsletter: http://creativemigration.org/contact

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Photo of Jeremy Emery

Great collaboration and amazing creative adventure. Now I look forward for the next L.A screening.
Can't wait !

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Photo of Susannah Tantemsapya

Thanks Jeremy Emery ! We will keep you posted on the next screening in LA - in the meantime, keep in touch!

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Photo of Sacha Ben

Amazing collaboration!! This project is getting better and better. 

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Photo of Susannah Tantemsapya

Thanks Sacha Ben - it's an exciting project to be a part of :-)

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Photo of molly

wish I could see it in Turkey!  let me know when the next LA screening will be

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Photo of Susannah Tantemsapya

Wish you could be there too - please sign up for our mailing list or drop us a note (http://creativemigration.org/contact) to stay connected. We hope to have another LA screening this spring.

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Photo of Diane  L. Hendrix

Intriguing. Do you have African themes yet?  Such creative lessons come to the US from Africa -- Cyrus Kabiru makes treasure from trash in Nairobi in our vid. [ https://goo.gl/y6tUjy ] Would like to chat.

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Photo of Susannah Tantemsapya

Thank you! I watched your video - it's quite compelling. Please write us a note here (http://creativemigration.org/contact) - would love to continue our conversation...

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Photo of Nik van den Berg

When will you guys screen it in Europe!? xo nikø

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Photo of Susannah Tantemsapya

We are hoping to make this possible in the spring Nik van den Berg - it will be in TILL IT’S GONE, an Exhibition on Nature and Sustainability, at the Istanbul Modern (January 13 – June 5, 2016) if you make your way to Turkey!

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What a coincidence... I'm in Turkey in March!

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Photo of Susannah Tantemsapya

Wonderful - please check out the exhibition - there will be works by artists such as Bas Jan Ader, Yoko Ono, Pae White, Mark Dion and Mario Merz. http://www.istanbulmodern.org/en

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Photo of Michael Manalo

Really great short film techniques used here to tell a surreal story of a future that is not too far off. Definitely would love to see more. 

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Photo of Susannah Tantemsapya

Thanks for attending our #COPisHERE screening last month Michael Manalo !

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Photo of David Benque

Yes please! 
Great project, looking forward to it

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Photo of Susannah Tantemsapya

Thanks David Benque :-)

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Awesome. Looking forward to the next screening.

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Photo of Susannah Tantemsapya

Thanks Steph - we will keep you posted.

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Photo of David B

Wow, can't wait to see this project!

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Thanks David B !

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Photo of Francesco Colombo

Looks great! When's it showing in LA?

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Photo of Susannah Tantemsapya

Francesco Colombo - There may be a second screening in LA this spring - will keep you posted!
Please feel free to write us a note or sign up for our newsletter: http://creativemigration.org/contact

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Photo of Chris Steidle

fantastic work! thank you 

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Photo of Susannah Tantemsapya

Thank you! Chris Steidle !