Kent Anderson Butler, Lament, 2004
The Orange County Museum of Art’s Orange Lounge, is “devoted exclusively to the presentation and interpretation of video, computer and internet based works, audio works and other forms of new media.” Even if the term “new media” already seems dated, their execution of this mission is innovative. The Orange Lounge is located in the South Coast Plaza mall. While being located next to the GAP may raise eyebrows, tension is quickly alleviated through comfortable couches and a well-designed user experience.
Currently showing on an ongoing basis is Transfixed: New Media and the Body featuring Chris Burden–who narrates his familiar early works (including Shoot in which the artist has himself shot with a 22 rifle), Alan Rath, Tony Oursler, Cheryl Dunn, Yoshua Oken and Kent Anderson Butler [who has performed in one of our works].