Metabolic Studio Public Salon
Kevin Kuzma
Friday, June 26, 2009 @ Noon
Free Admission

Edendale: Where the Hollywood film industry was born

About the Salon

This year marks the centennial of the first permanent movie studio to set up shop in Los Angeles. But that first studio and others that sprang up nearby where not located in Hollywood. They cranked out silent films several miles east in a village called Edendale, which straddled the border of what is now Echo Park and Silver Lake. The presentation will cover the founding of that first studio, Selig Polyscope, and the emergence and brief reign of Edendale as the center of the region's movie making business.

About the Salon Participant

Angelino Heights resident Kevin Kuzma is president of the Echo Park Historical Society and the owner of Revival Arts Restoration, a preservation and restoration consulting company.

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Updated -- New Salon Speakers For This Friday
Wouter Osterholt & Elke Uitentuis
Friday, June 19, 2009 @ Noon
Free Admission

The Farmlab Public Salon Series welcomes Wouter Osterholt & Elke Uitentuis as the Salon presenters on Friday, June 19, 2009 @ Noon.

Osterholt and Uitentuis are currently MAK Center Artists and Architects-in-Residence.

For more information about Osterholt and Uitentuis, please visit their website and see the "about" section at the bottom of this page.

Special thanks to the duo for being able and willing to come Friday on such short notice. Thanks, too, to the MAK staff.

The Salon Series also apologies to anyone anticipating seeing our previously scheduled Salon speakers this week. That duo are unable to participate.

-- Farmlab Public Salon Series

About the Salon Presenters

As of 2005 Wouter Osterholt and Elke Uitentuis have been collaborating together as an artistduo. Their work utilizes a context-specific approach, investigating the relationship between people and their surroundings. They try to visualize the friction of regulation and improvisation in relationship to the planning of society and space and to unravel hidden hierarchies in order to offer an insight into the contradicting interests defining the use of public space. The test-situations they create are supposed to challenge people to redefine their relationship with their surroundings and their personal attitude towards ‘citizenship’.

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Goat Video #2

Second in a series. The first is here.

GoatCam Video

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State Park To Close?

The Los Angeles State Historic Park -- site of the Anabolic Monument, past site of Not A Cornfield -- is under threat of being shut down.

LASHP is not alone. 220 of California's 279 state parks, beaches, and preserves are on a budget-cutting hit list. Here's a Los Angeles Times summary. Here's the Downtown News on the local park. And here's an editorial cartoon from the Garment & Citizen.

Finally, here's the website of the California State Parks Foundation, a "friends-of" group to the California State Parks Department.

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Checking in With SCF Trees @ The Huntington

Eduardo, Jamal, Steve and Roberto from Yo Watts pose with pomelos they picked in the Huntington Botanitcal Gardens fruit orchard after a full day of mulching the South Central Farm trees.

For more information about the trees, the Huntington, the Farm, and Farmlab, please see this page.

Farmlab photo by Meredith Hackleman 2009

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Lauren Bon, Metabolic Studio Part of L.A. River Multimedia Piece's latest "Departures" feature is about the L.A. River.

Lauren Bon is among the interviewees. There's also a Metabolic Studio group video portrait.

View the full project here.

Screen grab from

(Disclosure: Metabolic Studio's Jeremy Rosenberg freelances for

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Goat Video

More goat-related info is here.

GoatCam video, 2009

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