The Central Library Video Wall is a 28-foot video screen located in the library’s Tom Bradley Wing. A component of the S. Mark Taper Foundation Digital Commons, the video wall is a space for storytelling—about our community, our institution, and our world. Video Wall content is intended to delight, inform and educate library visitors with compelling visual stories.
The Video Wall features an ongoing series of generative digital animations which draw inspiration from the art and architecture of Central Library, especially the decorative ceiling patterns painted by Julian Garnsey. These patterns take inspiration from a variety of cultural ornamentation, sharing in part the influences of the architecture. Most notably: Assyrian, Gothic Revival, Celtic, Egyptian, and Spanish Colonial Revival. This process lead to the creation of a visual language that is unique to the Library, and is also reflective of typical California design—constantly reinventing its exuberant history with a mixture of connections to credible sources.
There are roughly 6 or 7 unique patterned rooms in the Library—each with their own color palette, shapes, and compositions. The generative pattern system is organized as a series based on these various rooms—freeing the ornament from the bounds of ceiling decoration and reintroducing it as dynamic digital content. The final result is a piece that illustrates a systematic approach to decoration, placemaking, and interior design—both new and old. Whimsical and mechanical. Decoratively abstract, but also deeply rooted in a relevant historical concept.
Watch the video below to learn more about the creative process that went into the animations:
A cornerstone of lifelong learning, the book is honored in StandardVision’s latest animated piece. Elevating the materiality and ephemera of printed text, Pages transforms the contents of a book into a cinematic aerial landscape—soaring over pages as if sand dunes in the desert. The warm sunlight matched with the saturated, course texture of the paper creates a sepia-toned, archival world. The typography of the pages is set in Cheltenham, a typeface designed by Los Angeles Central Library architect Bertram Goodhue.
Animation: Nathan Specht; Art Direction: Isaiah Montoya; Curated: Sinziana Velicescu; Produced: StandardVision
In addition to original content, the video wall features original art, films, and animation. Current selections include works by the following artists:
Lia is considered a pioneer of software-generated art and net art, producing works that span across video, performance, software, installations, sculpture, projections, and digital applications since 1995. Her combination of traditional mediums with digital aesthetics and code create pieces that have a minimalist aesthetic and an affinity with conceptual art. LIA has exhibited internationally at museums, galleries and festivals and has received numerous awards including an Award of Distinction and a Honorable Mention at the Prix Ars Electronica, Austria.
Casey Reas is a software, print and installation artist living and working in Los Angeles. He is most well known for co-creating Processing.js with Ben Fry, an open source programming language tool used by numerous artists to create generative art. Reas’ work has been featured in over one hundred solo and group exhibitions across the United States, Europe and Asia. Reas received his BA from the School of Design, Architecture, Art, & Planning at the University of Cincinnati and his MFA in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT.
Yuge Zhou is a Chinese-born, Chicago-based artist whose video and installation works explore urban environments as they are inhabited with the collective rhythms and patterns of human activities. Zhou earned her Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She also holds a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University. Zhou has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, including the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Elmhurst Art Museum, Spartanburg Art Museum, Chicago Cultural Center, and many others. Zhou's work has also been featured in the New York Magazine, The Huffington Post, and Aesthetica Magazine.
Green Play is a joyful orchestration of one of the great meeting places in New York City: Central Park, a utopian playground and repository shared by locals and tourists alike. The spliced footage choreographs a single summer Sunday and encapsulates an optimism that is central to American life.
Dan Chen is an award winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles. A graduate from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, his work has garnered awards and has been selected to play at major festivals. His films explore dysfunctional relationships, nostalgia and everyday heroism.
His film Massive explores our presence on Earth in a way that’s both playful and majestic while also depicting a story of humanity’s growth. It is also a celebration of the diverse characters and landscapes of Los Angeles. The film uses forced perspective and limited computer effects to make ordinary people tower over modern landscapes.
Sabrina Ratté lives and works between Montreal and Paris. After a BFA and MFA in Film Production at Concordia University in Montreal, she focused mainly on video as a medium. Her interest in early video art led her to work with analog technologies such as video synthesizers and video feedback. Later on, she integrated 3D animation to her process, which allowed for more complex imageries while creating a timeless aesthetic. From utopian architecture to painterly textures, she investigates the fine line between the virtual and the physical realm. Ratté has exhibited at the Whitney Museum of Art, Museum of the Moving Image, International Digital Arts Biennale-Blan, Young Project Gallery, and is represented by the Larry Maffei Gallery in Paris.
Radiances is a series of paintings in motion. Through a combination of animated 3D, video synthesis and digital manipulations, painterly textures and organic forms emerge to create animated landscapes leaning towards abstraction.
Pascual Sisto uses his videos, sculptures, and installations to explore forms of representation through the use of mathematical structures, patterns, and digital interventions. Sisto has been commissioned by Thom Mayne for Morphosis: Continuities of the Incomplete at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Cultural A airs Department for the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX. Sisto received his BFA from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA and his MFA from UCLA.
In Aucuba Expanded, the golden dust pattern of a household plant becomes the motif for an immersive video art experience.
Christy Lee Rogers is a visual artist from Kailua, Hawaii. Her obsession with water as a medium for breaking the conventions of contemporary photography has led to her work being compared to Baroque painting masters like Caravaggio. Boisterous in color and complexity, Rogers applies her cunning technique to a barrage of bodies submerged in water during the night, and creates her effects using the refraction of light. Through a fragile process of experimentation, she builds elaborate scenes of coalesced colors and entangled bodies that exalt the human character as one of vigor and warmth, while also capturing the beauty and vulnerability of the tragic experience that is the human condition. Rogers’ works have been exhibited globally from Paris, London, Italy, Mexico City to Shanghai, Sao Paulo, South Africa, Los Angeles and more, and are held in collections around the world.
A Conversation With Angels is an underwater installation film which uses water to pose questions about our existence and the fragile nature of mankind, taking us into a dreamscape of aquatic expressions of movement set against light and dark contrasts of nighttime pools of water. For Christy, water is life. It is alive. It’s life-giving. Nurturing. Rejuvenating. And without it we could not survive.