Please allow me to introduce myself….
Vanessa has asked yet another reasonable request from us all, and it seems only proper to oblige her. She requested from us, the simple, yet seemingly daunting task of not simply lurking, or even simply posting, but to actually try, in simple terms, to introduce ourselves. So here goes…
My name is Michael J. Masucci.
I live in Los Angeles, where for over 30 years, I have worked as a media artist/curator and producer. My collaborative work has ranged from being seen by a handful of people locally, to screenings at the Institute of Contemporary Art (London) and the Museum of Modern Art (New York) as well as here in LA, at the American Film Institute. I also have a law degree and am a trained mediator.
For many years now, I have run EZTV , a local pioneer in digital and desktop video, and among the world’s first video theaters and digital art galleries. We operate as a community-based, public practice, social entrepreneurship group of artists/activists.
I consider myself extremely lucky to somehow having managed to work as a professional artist for all these years. I’m not exactly sure how I was able to do it, but continue to be thankful that this has been my experience. I occasionally have taught, but mainly have relied on producing original work, as my means of self-support. The world has changed so much now, and I doubt this would have been possible if I was just starting today, and wonder how younger people will be able to also work full-time as art-makers.
I was born in the South Bronx, which at the time, was the poorest county in the United States. These humble beginnings have given me the opportunity to learn the true value of things. Those who had so little, in terms of material possessions, I have often found to have been the richest, in terms of understanding the immense value of love, community, friendship and really experiencing life ( as opposed to simply observing it). Hopefully, this has somehow percolated into my work, perhaps, at least, in my focus as a community-based artist.
You can read my full, blah-blah-blah bio here.