Flux Screening Series featuring Mia Doi Todd & Michel Gondry

After my delicious meal at Isaac Toast I met up with Matt and we headed over to the Hammer Museum for the Flux Screening Series. This month’s series presented Mia Doi Todd & Michel Gondry as the center piece with a screening of her newest video which was directed by Mr. Gondry.

The night started with music videos for Grizzly Bear, NASA, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Múm and more. My favorite of all of them was the NASA video for the song Spacious Thoughts which features Kool Keith and Tom Waits. The video was made by Fluorescent Hill and as I started to watch it my jaw dropped. More on this video in another post. After the videos they had some of the directors come up and talk about their videos and some of the process behind each of them, which was really fun to see and hear. What I learned is that most directors are totally crazy.

Then we were treated to a live performance by Mia Doi Todd and her band which included Michel Gondry on drums. It was a beautiful performance and Ms. Doi Todd has a really beautiful voice. At times her music sounded like Portishead, Joni Mitchell and Vashti Bunyan, but with a more Latin flavor. I’m hoping she releases an album next year, the songs she played could be a perfect compliment to the summer of 2010.

Overall it was one of the best Flux events I’ve been to and I left with a huge smile on my face. If you’re in Los Angeles next year I highly suggest checking out one of their events.


P.S. Here’s a video of Michel Gondry solving a Rubix Cube with his nose.

December 18, 2009