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Doug Harvey - Return of the Moldy Slides

  • Los Angeles Valley College 5800 Fulton Avenue Los Angeles, CA 91401 (map)

After a five-year hiatus, Doug Harvey returns to his archive of found moldy slides to curate his first new presentation since Rhizomatic Transmissions, which screened at The Museum of Jurassic Technology, Hammer Museum, UCLA, Echo Park Film Center, and various other Los Angeles and West Coast venues.

Compiled from a collection of several thousand 35 mm photographic transparencies found in the detritus excavated from a local hoarder's house during an apparent intervention, the slides had been subjected to flooding and grown various types and degrees of fungal layers, altering the pictorial content of the emulsion -- sometimes slightly, sometimes transforming the image into a total abstraction. Harvey describes the resulting (washed and stabilized) artifacts as " a stochastically linked collaboration between the original vacation photographer, crazy hoarder dude, the mold, and me – plus the found and improvised soundtrack elements, and finally the audience.”

One Los Angeles critic describes the found moldy slides as "flat-out gorgeous... and just as fascinating on a conceptual/semantic level, introducing issues of authorship, truth, transcendence, intention, control, chaos, narrative, meaning, and analog physicality into a larger conversation about photography in the digital era."

Return of the Moldy Slides will consist of a new selection of the actual original slides using vintage Kodak carousel projectors, and will be accompanied by a live performance of improvised music by The Friendliness Happening.

Parking information and directions to the Art Building will be included in your RSVP confirmation.

Doug Harvey is an artist, writer and critic (for thirteen years the art critic for the LA Weekly), independent curator, experimental musician, and educator who lives and works in Los Angeles. F, his noise band with Marnie Weber, Daniel Hawkins, and Kane Lafia will be performing with the Bob Baker Marionette Theatre on June 2nd, and a secret curatorial project Less Art presents the LLM will debut in Chinatown this summer. His activities may be monitored online at and

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