Bang Your Head

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Timed as a prelude to its southern neighbors' 01SJ Festival, Berkeley Big Bang 08 presents three days of events and an exhibition of new media art at BAM/PFA and the Berkeley Center for New Media. Beginning June 1st, attendees can bone up on Lynn Hershman Leeson's early period with an eight-hour marathon of her experimental videos made from 1977-94, view Jim Campbell's wall-sized Home Movies (2006-Present), which depicts images from found family films via the barely-legible resolution of an LED curtain, or contemplate counter-surveillance with artist Trevor Paglan's The Other Night Sky (2007), a science-museum-style installation plotting the locations of spy satellites. Bay Area artist Scott Snibbe's Falling Girl (2008) will appear on the outside of the Berkeley Art Museum building, a silhouette animation depicting the dreamily slow descent of a girl from a skyscraper. Other events include a two-day symposium with artists and academics, and Black Cloud / Red Eye, an immersive alternative reality game by Greg Niemeyer. - Ed Halter

Jim Campbell, Home Movies (920-1), 2007