View Finder: Speculative Simulation Film Program
The Alluvials (2023) by Alice Bucknell

Gray Area presents View Finder: Speculative Simulation Film Program, a special, short-run salon exhibition of films by Alice Bucknell and Lawrence Lek. From January 11–13 and 19–21, join us during open hours in the Grand Theater to experience large-scale projections of CGI-based contemporary artworks.

Both Bucknell and Lek use high fidelity computer-rendered environments to create rich, speculative fiction film works that explore rapidly evolving technologies and their impacts on society. Presented on Gray Area’s 40-foot screen, this rapid-response program seeks to create an interface between audiences and time-based media artworks, with the aim of sparking conversation around pressing contemporary issues. The films on view ask important questions about the role of technologies like artificial intelligence and advanced terrascaping, and use storytelling to forecast possible pathways into uncharted technoscapes.

On Thursday January 11, join us for Gray Area Happy Hour from 6 – 8PM!

Enjoy The Alluvials over drinks and meet the Gray Area community!


Alice Bucknell - The Alluvials (2023)
January 11–13, 2024

Runtime: 38 minutes
Screened continuously over a 4-hour window each day. Come and go as you please and enjoy the film at your own pace.

THURSDAY & FRIDAY | 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
SATURDAY | 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Sliding Scale Admission: $5 - $25

Free for Gray Area Members

All ages

Seated Program

View our FAQ page for more info, or contact us at [email protected] with any accommodation requests.

Learn more about the Lawrence Lek - AIDOL screening from January 19–21, 2024 here.

The Alluvials is a new film by Alice Bucknell that explores the politics of drought and water scarcity in a near-future version of Los Angeles.

The story is told through a variety of nonhuman and elemental perspectives, including the Los Angeles River, wildfire, a 400-year-old sycamore called El Aliso, and the ghost of the city's celebrity mountain lion, P-22. Following a rich, multi-chapter narrative, Bucknell creates a world rooted in the slippery interplay between engineered ecosystems, nonhuman characters, and the natural resource market that together define the future of Los Angeles.

The story is told across media, including custom-built game environments, "modded" versions of the fictional city of Los Santos from Grand Theft Auto 5, 3D scans of the city captured by drone, and Stable Diffusion artificial intelligence "hallucinations" merging historical images of the River with existing proposals for its redevelopment. The Alluvials also utilizes pollution datasets collected by local organizations including Friends of the LA River, converting this data into audio-visual assets that appear in the video and game world, encountering players.

Ultimately, The Alluvials asks after the future of water systems in Los Angeles by looking into the region’s deep past. Acknowledging Indigenous relationships to water, particularly the Tongva People of the Greater Los Angeles Basin and their understanding of the LA River as an ever-morphing entity, the project underscores that nature is an intelligent system, a technology in its own right. Through the emergent practice of worlding, or the co-construction of new worlds with human, nonhuman, and machine intelligence, The Alluvials expands on the idea that the end of an anthropocentric world-view is not the end of the world.

Here's the approximate schedule for viewing The Alluvials:

Thursday & Friday (4:00 PM – 8:00 PM):
04:00 PM, 04:38 PM, 05:16 PM, 05:54 PM, 06:32 PM, 07:10 PM

Saturday (2:00 PM – 6:00 PM):
02:00 PM, 02:38 PM, 03:16 PM, 03:54 PM, 04:32 PM, 05:10 PM

About the Artist

Alice Bucknell

Alice Bucknell (she/they) is a North American artist and writer based in Los Angeles and London. Working primarily through game engines and speculative fiction strategies, their work explores interconnections of architecture, ecology, magic, and non-human and machine intelligence. In 2021, Bucknell founded New Mystics, a digital platform merging magic and technology. In 2022, they organized New Worlds, an experimental event series expanding on emergent worlding practices, held at Somerset House Studios in London. Bucknell is currently a Somerset House Studios resident in London, teaching faculty at SCI-Arc in LA and an Associate Lecturer in MA Narrative Environments at UAL

Also part of View Finder: Speculative Simulation Film Program

Lawrence Lek - AIDOL (2019)
January 19–21, 2024

Following The Alluvials screening, mark your calendar for Lawrence Lek's epic first feature-length film AIDOL 爱道, which tells the story of an artificial intelligence popstar named Diva in a speculative future science fiction world. The film is accompanied by a score composed and orchestrated by the artist.

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