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Central Library Video Wall

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.


Commissioned Work

Historical Portraits Project

black and white portrait of a man seated in a parlor with playing cards

In partnership with StandardVision, we've produced a series of digital art pieces for the Central Library Video Wall. This project involved creating cinematic moving "portraits" of Los Angeles historical figures, portrayed by library patrons and community members.

Read more about this project.

Generative Animations

still from Pages

A 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. 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.

Watch the video below to learn more about the creative process that went into the animations:

Pages

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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


Curated Selections

In addition to original content, the video wall features original art, films, and animation. Current selections include works by the following artists:

The Space Wall by Jason Allen Lee

Still from space wall

Jason Allen Lee is a New York-based filmmaker and visual artist specializing in 3D animation, illustration, film, photography, and design. Particularly interested in the collision of light and dark, Lee creates visually striking pieces featuring both surreal, animated concepts and tangible elements of reality.

Textless by Gareth & Jenny Lee

Still from Textless

Gareth Smith and Jenny Lee are husband and wife directors and designers based in Portland, OR with a passion for filmmaking, animation, and design. They specialize in inventive, hand-crafted design for film, television, and streaming projects. Gareth and Jenny Lee collaborate to infuse their work with a strong sense of storytelling, originality, and conceptual thinking.

Painted Cities: LA Skyline by Nate Mohler

Painted Cities: LA Skyline by Nate Mohler

Nate Mohler is an emerging media artist who works with technology as a paint brush to build conceptual and avant- garde experiences through digital art. A 2019 UCLA graduate with a B.A. in Design and Media Arts, Mohler is intrigued with the fusion of conceptual art and technology to support connectivity and social activism with unconventional space and sound. His work focuses on eliciting action and question through digital mediums such as projection mapping, immersive installations, sculpture and video art. Mohler treats each project as an opportunity to evoke emotion, challenge thought, or support social change.

American Totem by Theo Tagholm

Still from American Totem by Theo Tagholm

Theo Tagholm is a London-based freelance motion graphics designer, director, photographer, and fine artist working at the intersection of still and moving images. With a fine arts background focused on painting, Tagholm’s processes developed out of sketching—the act of looking and moving. His work explores the perspective shift between video and still, creating a fractured space that inhabits both worlds. His experimental short film American Totem envisions the American Southwest in an alternate reality, where the iconic rock structures stretch endlessly up to the sky.

color still from the video Tidal SimPhony by Sean Capone

Tidal SimPhony by Sean Capone

Sean Capone’s “Tidal SimPhony” is a looping digital animation that uses generative processes to imagine a kind of psychedelic tide pool of abstract biomorphic forms and rhythmic painterly gestures. The title is a plain words: referencing the experimental film movement of 'visual music' which renders musical scores in expressionistic animated form, and the simulated phony-ness of computer generated imagery and its procession of automated, synthetic resemblances.

Color video still of abstract imagery from A Machine’s Dream of America by Leo Isikdogan

A Machine’s Dream of America by Leo Isikdogan

What do machines dream about at night in American data centers? They dream about American landscapes! This artwork by Leo Isikdogan illustrates an AI art model’s dream about a wide variety landscapes in the United States, including some of the most surreal views of Hawaii, California, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, the Midwest, and New England. Leo Isikdogan is an interdisciplinary researcher, engineer, and artist based in California. His practice spans a broad range of disciplines, including machine learning, computer vision, image processing, computational photography, and virtual reality.

Color video still from the video Fireflies of the Ocean Deep by Sofia Crespo.

{fireflies of the {ocean} deep}

Sofia Crespo is an artist working with a huge interest in biology-inspired technologies. Her main focus is the way organic life uses artificial mechanisms to simulate itself and evolve, implying that technologies are a by-product of the organic life that created them and not a completely separated object. Her work brings into question the potential of AI in artistic practice and its ability to reshape our understanding of creativity. In her work, organic and bioluminescent creatures seemingly dissolve into their own landscape, becoming something of an optical illusion in their hybridity.

Color video still from Lateral Duality by Jeff Frost

Lateral Duality by Jeff Frost

Jeff Frost’s work exists on a spectrum of duality between creation and destruction. His primary mediums are time and sound, often expressed through painting, photography, video, and installation. His piece Lateral Duality is a meditation on simultaneous states of being and the communication between them. We exist both as a universal consciousness and as the self.



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