Alumnus' Experimental Video Featured in Exhibition

April 5, 2023

A still from De-EvolutionEmerson Little's '21 experimental video was featured in the 2023 Greater Los Angeles MFA (GLAMFA) Annual Art Exhibition.

GLAMFA is an annual exhibition curated and hosted by CSULB MFA students. The show features work from current MFA students from schools all over the greater LA area, including Little.

Little, who designed his major through the Whittier Scholars Program that incorporated film studies, produced a science-fiction film, In Another Place, for his senior project that won an award from IndieFEST, and was also selected for inclusion in the Accolade Global Film Competition, an industry leader in a virtual film competition.

In addition, he was one of more than a dozen students and recent Whittier graduates who worked on an independent film, Carlos Through the Tall Grass, which was produced by Whittier film faculty and filmed in part near campus and went on to be selected for the DTLA Film Festival and enjoy a world premiere at Hollywood's historic TCL Chinese Theatre.
In his artist statement, Little wrote that this video is "inspired and influenced by early 19th-century industrial photography and the history of technological invention. De-Evolution [the video title] is an experimental video exploring dying industries of the 20th century that have led to the climate change crisis in the 21st century. With this video, I’m looking to showcase the decay and deterioration of industries, and how that impacts contemporary life. I’m revisiting early, forgotten machinery through the lens of the digital mirrorless camera."