ART OFFICE for Film + Video seeks, shares and promotes a community around time-based art. Victoria Fu and Julie Orser, artists who met at CalArts, founded the group in 2006 to enhance the presence of film and video art in the greater Los Angeles area through screenings. In 2009, the MOVING INDEX launched in the form of online exhibitions, reaching out beyond the scope of physical screenings.

In its current form, the MOVING INDEX is a snapshot of time-based art and media from around the world: events, exhibitions, screenings, talks, articles. It follows a blog format, inviting contributors who are practicing artists, filmmakers and writers from around the world to post about their findings and interests.


Current contributors (alphabetical):

Victoria Fu (b. Santa Monica, CA) received her BA from Stanford, MA in Art History from USC, and MFA from CalArts. She attended the Whitney Program in NYC and was Artist-in-Residence at Skowhegan in 2006. Recipient of a 2008 Art Matters Grant, her work has been reviewed in The New York TimesBoston GlobeWashington Post, and featured in the “Cinematic” issue of ASPECT: Chronicle of New Media. She has exhibited at venues including De Appel in Amsterdam, Zona MACO, Seoul National University and Loop Gallery in Korea, El Museo de la Ciudad in Quito, Ecuador, Frederieke Taylor Gallery in New York, UC Riverside/California Museum of Photography; Samsøn Projects, Boston; General Public, Berlin; among others. She has also worked on editorial projects for the Centre Pompidou, Jasper Johns Catalogue Raisonné, Afterall Journal, USC Fisher Gallery, Otis College of Art+Design and Musée d’Orsay. She currently lives and works in Southern California, where she is Assistant Professor of Art at the University of San Diego.

Rebecca Ann Hobbs (Australian born, Wulgurukaba country) is a contemporary fine arts practitioner and currently academic staff at the Manukau Institute of Technology in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa. Working with multimedia to create video and still images that mostly celebrate dynamic bodies and their relationships with specific sites. Hobbs has been invited to participate in exhibitions from Australia to Barbados, France,Germany, Poland, Scotland, Sweden, Turkey and the U.S.A. In 2002 Hobbs received the Australian Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship, allowing her to undertake tertiary education at the California Institute of the Arts, where she completed a Masters in Fine Arts in 2005.

Julie Lequin (born in 1979) is a French Canadian artist. She received a BFA from Concordia University and an MFA from Art Center College of Design. Julie’s multidisciplinary practice interweaves personal history with fictionalized events and circumstances in a manner that constantly blurs the line between the artist as individual and the artist as self-consciously constructed persona. In 2007, 2nd Cannons Publications published Julie’s first book and DVD project. Her work has been screened and exhibited internationally at venues such as the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum in California, La Centrale Powerhouse in Montreal, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Art in General and White Columns in New York City. Julie is the 2011 recipient of the Joseph S. Stauffer Award, an honor given by the Canada Council for the Arts. Julie is happily living and working in Montreal.

Dan Levenson is a visual artist whose work places a variety of materials and techniques in the service of an incomplete narrative. A recent project presented sculpture, painting, video and printed matter as artifacts from a fictional art school which existed in a fictional Switzerland in a fictional 20th century. Exhibitions include PARTICIPANT, INC, White Columns, Vox Populi, Columbia University, Cabinet, ISCP, Triangle Arts Workshop, LAXART and elsewhere. He’s been a fellow at Yaddo and MacDowell colonies and artist in residence at USF Verftet in Norway. He was a participant at Skowhegan in 2009. He received a 2006 Pollock/Krasner Foundation grant. He is a graduate of Oberlin College and London’s Royal College of Art and currently lives in Los Angeles.


Elana Mann is a multidisciplinary artist who creates artwork through strategies of performance and exchange. Mann inserts herself into the cracks of interpersonal, social, and political impasses and leaves the sticky imprint of a body chewing over contemporary life. Her art practice encompasses live performance, video, installation and objects, in addition to discursive and collaborative projects. She has presented work  at REDCAT, Los Angeles; Apex Art, New York; the Ford Foundation, New York, LEVEL, Brisbane, Australia; A Gentil Carioca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Jancar gallery, Los Angeles and Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. She is a recipient of California Community Foundation’s 2009 Visual Arts Fellowship and has published five books, four of which are in the collection of the Getty Research Institute. Her projects have been reviewed in the Los Angeles Times, NPR, O Globo, El Pais, La Reuppublica and X-Tra Magazine. Mann received her B.F.A. from Washington University, St. Louis and her M.F.A from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia. She is currently a Visiting Lecturer at Scripps College, Claremont, CA.  Mann lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, USA

Rebeca Méndez (b. Mexico City) received her MFA from Art Center College of Design. She is currently a professor in the department of Design | Media Arts at UCLA and a 2012 recipient of the National Design Award, bestowed by the White House and the Smithsonian Institution. Her work has shown at the Hammer Museum; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Oaxaca; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; CIA (Centre for Interdisciplinary Arts), Perth, Australia; ARCO Madrid 29th International Art Fair; X Biennial, Cuenca, Ecuador; the National Design Triennial; the Beall Center for Art and Technology; and the 55th Venice Biennale. In addition, her work has been represented in collections of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York; the Nevada Museum of Contemporary Art, Reno; the Pasadena Museum of California Art; the Denver Art Museum; the Freitag Historical Museum, Hannover; and Museo José Luís Cuevas, Mexico City. Méndez lectures include a TEDx Talk in 2011, and she has received artist residencies at the NES Listami∂stö∂ Artist Residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland;  the ARS Bio Arctica Art Residency in Kilpisjärvi, Finland, and the HIAP Artist Residency in Suomenlinna, Finland; The Arctic Circle in Svalbard archipelago in the high arctic and the Gunnar Gunnarson Institute in Egilsta∂ir, Iceland. Méndez is recipient of a 2012–13 City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Fellowship; a GLOW 2013 Fellowship; a 2010 California Community Foundation Mid Career Fellowship for Visual Artist, and was selected for the Artist Pension Trust, México City.

Julie Orser (b. Chicago) received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts and a BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art. Her videos, photography, and multi-channel installations have exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Changing Role Gallery (Rome), Steve Turner Contemporary (Los Angeles), Rosamund Felsen Gallery (Los Angeles), Il Magazzino d’Arte Moderna (Rome), Royal College of Art (London), Kunstraum Innsbruck (Austria), The Gallery Loop (Seoul), Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha), Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, The Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena), Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Cheekwood Museum of Art (Nashville), Ann Arbor Film FestivalSaison Vidéo, PDX Film Festival, and Dallas Video Festival. Orser is a recipient of the 2010 Fellowship for Emerging Visual Artists from the California Community Foundation and the 2009 CCI Investing in Artists grant. Julie is co-founder of ART OFFICE and Assistant Professor in Creative Photography at California State University, Fullerton. Lives and works in Los Angeles.

Gina Osterloh investigates operations of mimesis and perception through photography, video, and performance.  Her photographs depict constructed life-size room environments activated through still, serial performances; papier-mâché models; and cardboard cutouts. Recent exhibitions include Contested Destination at Armory Center for the Arts; Body Prop at Silverlens Gallery in Manila, Philippines; Differentiate, a two-person exhibition at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and Anonymous Front, solo exhibition at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco.  Osterloh holds a BA in media studies from DePaul University and an MFA in studio art from the University of California, Irvine.  She is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography and Integrated Media at Otterbein University.

Juliana Rico is a photographic and video artist who earned her BFA from San Jose State University and is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Photography at California State University Fullerton. Juliana mixes a detached scientific approach with a quotidian and personal subject matter to create subjective maps that examine emotions felt, places encountered, and experiences lived. The works investigate the body in both surface and function to scrutinize social perceptions of gender and femininity. Recent exhibitions include WCA’s Best of 2014, ARC Gallery (Chicago), Dichotomies of Vision, 57 Underground (Pomona), and The Art of Photography Show, Lyceum Theatre Gallery (San Diego). Juliana is co-founder of Emerging Artist Society and Teaching Associate in Creative Photography at California State University Fullerton.

Kelly Sears was born in Lynn, MA and lives and works in Houston, TX. She received a B.A. from Hampshire College and an M.F.A. from the University of California, San Diego. Sears’ collage animations are created from periodicals, books, archives and ephemeral films. Sears uses images from the past to examine the histories of today. Her films draw on experimental, documentary and narrative practices and feature both analog and digital animation techniques. Her work has screened in a variety locations, such as museums, galleries and film festival, such as The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, MOMA, The Hammer Museum, Machine Project, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Sundance Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival and Black Maria Film Festival. She has taught experimental and found footage video at The University of Houston, Rice University, Pitzer College, and has been awarded residencies from Yaddo and the Core Program.

Stephen Slappe (b. Charleston, WV) is an artist based in Portland, Oregon. Slappe’s work has exhibited and screened internationally in venues such as Centre Pompidou-Metz (France), Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s TBA Festival, The Horse Hospital (London), The Sarai Media Lab (New Delhi), Consolidated Works (Seattle), Centre for Contemporary Art (Glasgow), and Artists’ Television Access (San Francisco). His projects have been funded by multiple grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Council of Portland and an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission. Slappe is an Associate Professor in Video & Sound and the MFA in Visual Studies departments at Pacific Northwest College of Art. He is an active curator and organizer of video exhibitions including Out of the Great Northwest at The Horse Hospital (London) and Subduction Zone at The Front (New Orleans). Slappe is an amateur film archivist and regularly programs 16mm film shows including Rolling Deep: Skateboarding Films 1965-1980 and Dial D for Design.

Our past contributors:

Hyunjoo Byeon

Heather Bursch

Stephanie Hutin

Heather Jeno Silva

Jessica Mein

Catherine Ross

Susanne Ø. Sæther

José Carlos Teixeira

Jonathan Thomas

Jason Underhill