C-LEVEL Launch Project


“Back about the year 2000, when Chinatown’s commercial art gallery scene was blowing up, a basement space opened its red door as a loosely defined cooperative called c-level. It offered an experimental location for non-commercial play and conviviality. Previously L.A. gained familiarity with the idea of weird “feral institutions” through The Center For Land Use Interpretation and the Museum of Jurassic Technology, but c-level was something different. It didn’t mount art shows — but hosted events…They met to discuss the maintenance of the place and to plan group projects, and events, readings, screenings, and happenings. They also allowed others to do the same. These offerings could be critical, but certainly smart and playful. This spirit defined the interactive live video game projects that the c-level cooperative produced together; Waco Resurrection and Tekken Torture Tournament. c-level’s legacy is the clear bridge it formed here between the art world aspiring cache of Dave Mueller’s slacker themed mid-to-late 1990s, Three Day Weekend art happenings and the anti-art typifying the socially leaning independent practices and spaces that followed it, lighting up the landscape of the city.”
–Robby Herbst, KCET.org  http://www.kcet.org/arts/artbound/counties/los-angeles/robby-herbst-my-socal-art-history.html

Interview with Isabelle Arvers, 2004





November 15, 2002
organized by Peter Brinson, Christina Ulke & Michael W. Wilson




September 8, 2001
Video Screening
videos by: Karl Erickson, Natalie Zimmerman, Holen Sabrina Kahn, Olga Koumoundouros, and many others
organized by Michael W. Wilson




October 23, 2004
Performance/Video Screening
Jennifer Nelson & Michael W. Wilson

Download MP3 of Nelson’s lecture here




Presentation by M.T. Karthik
Thursday, February 24, 2004 @ 8pm

From agit-prop to info-prop, culture-jamming and manipulation of media, how can a notion of “true media diversity” combat monolithic corporate media? In the context of 21st century politics, what does it mean to be effective? What have they learned and absorbed? What are the possibilities for counter-narratives?

M.T. Karthik has conducted performance work as art-in-practice in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans and Austin over three decades of sociopolitical engagement. His most recent performance – as News Director and Elections Coordinator for Pacifica station KPFK is documented in a forthcoming book and audio compilation.
His books, audio pieces, text pieces, limited editions and uniques have been placed by the Booklyn Artists Alliance in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Getty Museum, the Milwaukee Public Library, Smith College, Stanford University, New York University, The Otis College of Art and Design, Occidental College and in other archival, educational and private collections. Karthik lives in Los Angeles.

Download MP3 here