Moving pictures have been a source of inspiration and common cultural vocabulary for creators in all disciplines since the beginning of cinema. RANDOM PLAYLIST will transform the WPA into a micro-cinema in July and early-August, inviting four cultural producers from widely differing practices to share a selection of moving images that they look to for inspiration, elements of visual language, and clues to broader cultural concerns. Join us each Thursday night as WPA inaugurates a new playlist with drinks, casual conversation, and an informal discussion of the selections, hosted by James Huckenpahler.


Thursday, July 12, 7-9pm
Featuring Dawne Langford
Footage from the era of Operation Desert Storm; a raw assemblage of materials from the commercial TV wasteland, as well as videos from RISD grads propaganda based band, EBN, "manipulating media instead of the media manipulating us".

Thursday, July 19, 7-9pm
Featuring Alex Oliva
A study of collective movement throughout the animal kingdom, with a focus on synchronization, choreography, mobs, crowds, and flocks.

Thursday, July 26, 7-9pm
Obscure performance, deep research dives, and late night karaoke rabbit holes.

Thursday, August 2, 7-9pm
Featuring Andy Johnson
Interstitial moments of overdramatic characterizations, passionate gazes, sexually charged contact and touch, etc. drawn from gay porn.

about the playlist Artists

Dawne Langford is a Washington, DC-based curator, documentary filmmaker, and artist.  She recently completed a six month project as the manager and curator of programs for the Fundred Reserve OPEN LAB, in collaboration with Mel Chin Studios. After many years working in public media as a broadcast TV editor, she transitioned to roles as a producer, working on independent documentaries Check It, Kandahar Journals, and Finding Joseph I. Dawne also launched a curatorial initiative dedicated to centering traditionally marginalized viewpoints in public discourse around artistic creation and representation. New projects in the works address hidden and obscured histories. Previous exhibition venues and collaborations include Transformer, SPRING/BREAK, and The Smithsonian Asian Pacific Center's Culture Lab series, and Crosslines.

Alex Oliva is a writer and cultural producer originally from Miami now based in Washington, DC. Most recently she has participated in Richmond's Critical Art Writing Program and has served on the production teams of VOLTA, NYABF, and BABZ. Alex is a member of FURTHERMORE and is currently organizing the Lending Library under Beltway Public Works.

PLAKOOKEE is a creative collaboration between Justin Plakas and Rachel Debuque. They are artists and designers who combine a mix of sculpture, installation, time-based  and photographic imagery. Rachel Debuque is an Assistant Professor Studio Foundations at George Mason University’s School of Art and Design. Justin Plakas is a creative director working in photography, video and sound design. Plakookee's studio is in Hyattsville, Maryland where they live with their dog Sherman.

Andy Johnson is a DC-based art historian, curator, and arts writer. His academic and curatorial practice centers on queer, feminist, and black feminist theories, critical race theory, cultural studies, sexuality studies, photography, video, installation, performance art, and visual culture. He has published articles, exhibition reviews, and catalogue essays with DIRT, The Chart, Common Field’s Field Perspectives, The Rib, DCAC, and more. He holds a M.A. in Art History from The George Washington University.


James Huckenpahler is an artist, educator, curator and lifelong Washingtonian. He is a Lecturer of New Media at George Washington University, his work is represented in Washington, DC by Hemphill Fine Arts, and he is a member of FURTHERMORE, a research and development lab for visual culture.


July 12 - August 4, 2018


Washington Project for the Arts
2124 8th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001