Photographs of "Who is Ken Sugimori," an event that featured Pokemon fandom videos along with a Pokemon tournament.
"Who is Ken Sugimori?
“Who is Ken Sugimori?” is an installation consisting of nearly 800 drawings of every Pokemon and mega-evolution in the Nintendo canon. It’s taken artist Johnnie JungleGuts over a year to complete these drawings and they represent a culmination of his work within the Pokemon fandom. This opening at Human Resources also includes a video screening curated by Johnnie which features videos from many different fandoms and artists. And of course, there’s also going to be a Pokemon tournament.
Who is Ken Sugimori?
“Ken Sugimori is the art director for the Pokemon universe. Although the legend is that he personally created the original 150 pokemon, evidence suggests that it was a team of people from the beginning, including an artist named Atsuko Nishida, who created pikachu. Although many people can name several pokemon, very few people could name their creators. When I started this work didn’t know why I was doing it or where it would go, I just did it because I felt like I could. I still don’t have answers, but if anything I hope this work makes people think about authorship in mass media.
Incarnations of this work have been accessories to 8 different LA events including a Pokemon festival at Chin’s Push gallery, a pop up Pokemon restaurant at Thank You For Coming, and a panel discussion on Pokemon at the Hammer Museum. It’s been a true joy to watch artists and pokemon trainers collide as I exorcise my obsessive need for intimacy with this media onto an unsuspecting art world. ” – Johnnie JungleGuts
Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra- A video screening at 8:30pm
“Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra” is a phrase in the ridiculous Tamarian metalanguage of Star Trek; it represents cooperation against extreme differences. This screening contains some adult language and themes. and runs for will run for about an hour with videos by…
We The Geeks of East LA
Cat Ninja Core
Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliot and Da Brat
The Hungarian Horntails
and a very special live performance by Johnnie JungleGuts
Smogon OU Pokemon Tournaments! – 4-8pm
Of course this event wouldn’t be complete without Pokemon tournaments! Tourneys will be swiss style and feature OverUsed smogon rules. We’ll be running an XY Tournament from 4-6.
And an Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire tournament from 6-8!
Swiss style tourneys pit you against trainers at a similar play level so even if you don’t win, you’ll still have very satisfying matches. Go tohttp://www.smogon.com/xyhub/tiers and skip to the OverUsed section for the rules! $5 per tournament with cash prizes from the pot! Tournaments will start promptly so please arrive on time!"