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Nomadic L.A.

Nomadic L.A. is a unique program designed for creative professionals working in different industries. This two-week intensive explores Los Angeles as a creative community and a cultural center with historians, writers, artists, and designers. From modern to postmodern architectural landmarks including Lloyd Wright, Schindler, Neutra, Eames, and Gehry buildings and projects, the program examines L.A. as a laboratory of art and design. Nomadic L.A. visits historical and ecological sites such as the Watts Towers, L.A. River, recreational parks, Olvera Street, Bunker Hill, and other neighborhoods in relation to cinema and its image production.

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Dates and Fees

The program will take place June 4 through June 15, 2018, starting at Otis College of Art and Design. The new, extended deadline for applications is May 1, 2018. There is a $20 application fee; participants are encouraged to apply early.

The fee to attend the program is $2,500, which includes three field trips weekly, including meals, lectures and visits with guest speakers. Participants are expected to secure their own lodging in Los Angeles. Notifications will be sent out via email in early May. A $350 deposit fee is required to secure your spot in the program soon after notifications go out (the full balance is due in early May). 

Visiting Speakers

Adam Berg

Adam BergAdam Berg is a Los Angeles based artist that works in video, painting and sculpture. Berg holds a PhD. in phenomenology and philosophy of time from the University of Haifa, Israel and in the past studied both art and architecture. His art employs a wide range of methods all of which are fused through an interplay of images, codes and imaginary transformations. He fuses scientific models with art historical references to create dynamic works exploring perceptual reality, in particular conceptions of evidence and fact. Paintings of accelerators and quantum colliders arrest scientific-technological apparatuses into images of ‘invisibles’ – transforming informational flux to sensations.

Norman Klein

Norman Cline Norman M. Klein is a Los-Angeles based urban and media historian whose fictional works "interweave fiction with social criticism, reportage and confessional memoire…fiction of a loose and absurdist sort, separated from fact by the blurriest of boundaries." In 2011, the Los Angeles Times put Klein's 1997 book The History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory on its "Best L.A. Books" list.

Walter Dominguez

Walter DominguezWalter Dominguez was born in Santa Paula, California in 1947. He is a second-generation Latino/Hispanic of Mexican and Spanish heritage. His family’s roots in California begin in 1904. Walter has worked on several major studio feature films as an Assistant Director, including Robert Wise’s, The Andromeda Strain, Stanley Kramer’s, Oklahoma Crude, and Frank Perry’s Play It As It Lays. In 1982, after meeting three influential Native American spiritual elders, Walter shifted to other work, so he could study Native American history and culture, and travel throughout the U.S. to participate in countless native rituals and ceremonies, and assisting ceremonial leaders. Walter’s passion for history – particularly the history of Mexican people in the American Southwest – has also led him to organize in 2008 an ongoing oral history project centering on first-hand accounts by surviving pioneering seniors (and memories of their descendants) of the early history of the Mexican Methodist churches, schools and orphanages of Southern California and Arizona; as well as spearheading a historical photograph preservation and archiving project coordinated with Cal State University Northridge’s Urban Archives Center, and the La Plaza Historical Society & Archives in Los Angeles to conserve, digitize and catalog thousands of early Los Angeles Mexican Methodist photographs that document living conditions, health issues, economic and social aspects of Los Angeles’ and Southern California-Arizona area’s Mexican Americans and Mexican immigrants.


The program is open to adult (18+) artists, writers and other creative professionals of all backgrounds and levels. 

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