Porterville College

Art Show: Political Remix Video


EVENT: Porterville College Art Show: “Political Remix Video: A Talk by Diran Lyons”

DATES OF SHOW: October 31 - November 23, 2016

RECEPTION FOR THE ARTIST: Wednesday, November 2nd, 5 – 7 pm—At the Porterville College Art Gallery

GALLERY HOURS: Monday – Thursday from 12 – 2 pm and 4 – 6 pm


The public is invited to see the exhibition “Political Remix Video: A Talk by Diran Lyons” at the Porterville College Art Gallery. The show will feature prints, artifacts, and a screening of remixes, accompanied by a lecture and Q and A discussion with the artist at the time of the reception to which the public is invited. The artist reception and talk is for Wednesday evening, November 2nd, from 5-7 pm. The exhibition runs from October 31 – November 23rd, 2016. Diran Lyons is the newest adjunct faculty member in the Art Department at Porterville College.

In Diran Lyons words; “Political remix video (PRV) appropriates media with which the general public is already familiar: film, TV, news broadcasts, sometimes even still photography. The video editor exploits this familiarity to critical effect, utilizing strategies of détournement to respond critically to culture. When one sees, for example, George W. Bush or Barack Obama in a political remix, they no longer espouse the platitudes and clichés of US foreign policy, the state of the US economy, or other official governmental positions. The PRV recalibrates its sources in order to repudiate the ideologies embedded within them, posting what the artist holds to be a corrective lens to the postures initially propagated by mainstream media, Hollywood, and other powerful institutions.”

As Lyons says, “In my PRV work, I concentrate on social, political, and philosophical issues. By repurposing popular music and lyrics, it is possible to complicate or even subvert conventional understandings of a particular series of images. Music and lyrics can significantly change the emotional register of otherwise familiar visages, and lyrics in particular can provide counter-narratives to ordinary visuals.”

Diran Lyons' political remix videos have been featured by Atlantic Wire, Billboard, BoingBoing, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, Mashable, MSN, NY Magazine, OC Weekly, SF Weekly, Slate, TIME, VIBE, Wired, Yahoo News, and the IMDb most popular short film ratings, where he was the first remix artist ever to reach #1. Examples of his remix work have been presented at Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria, Cut Up at Museum of the Moving Image in New York, ROFLcon at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Cinematic Bricoleurs: Remixing, Restyling and Repurposing in Contemporary Filmmaking Practice at King's College, London, UK. Lyons' participation in notable film festivals and video exhibitions includes Antimatter Film Festival in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; Athens Video Art Festival in Athens, Greece; LA Shorts Fest in Hollywood, CA; RE/Mixed Media Festival in Brooklyn, NY; Reuse Aloud at The NewBridge Project in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK; SAME OCEAN at The Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, CA; amongst others. His viral video 99 Problems (Explicit Political Remix) won the Pirate Flix Video Remix contest, juried by Cory Doctorow.

Diran Lyons earned a BA in Sculpture and Painting at California State University, Fresno and an MFA in New Genres and Painting at University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was a Regents Fellow.

The show will run from October 31st to November 23rd, 2016. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 12 to 2 pm and 4 to 6 pm. The reception is Wednesday evening, November 2nd, from 5-7 pm.

Parking is unrestricted during the time of the reception. For other times, contact the front desk when you arrive to visit the show for a free temporary parking permit.

Please contact Jim Entz at 791-2257 with any questions.


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