Join EAI for a day of panels and discussion that will explore the changing landscape for exhibiting, collecting, distributing and preserving media art. Leading curators, artists, gallerists, distributors and critics will examine new paradigms for media art practice and activate dialogue on how moving image artworks are being exhibited, collected and circulated today, from YouTube to the gallery and the museum and everywhere in between. Join us for two panels that will discuss this shifting landscape in relation to media art’s remarkable history, its multi-faceted present and the unforeseeable future.
From white cube galleries and black box cinemas to YouTube and ipods, video art is now experienced across multiple platforms and in multiple contexts. Platform agnosticism meets medium-specificity, as the boundaries between film, video and digital art are challenged. Access vies with exclusivity as artists’ videos are streamed online and galleries sell limited editions. Artists create works in multiple iterations, with provocative implications for issues of copyright and conservation.
For over four decades, artists have created works that actively engage the conceptual, formal and cultural meanings of moving image media and electronic technologies, from early single-channel video to new digital art. These works have not only demanded new ways of perceiving, thinking and interacting on the part of the viewer, but have also demanded new models for how they are presented, circulated, collected and preserved. Video’s mutability and mobility have resulted in a variable ecology (and variable economies) of media art.
In 1970, when Howard Wise closed the doors of his eponymous gallery and opened Electronic Arts Intermix, he predicted that the new medium of video would usher in a new era of art production, distribution and access, declaring that artists would expand their practices “out of the gallery into the environment, the sky, the ocean, even outer space.” In 2008, the Internet has enabled unprecedented production, distribution and exhibition possibilities. A new generation of artists read these possibilities not in opposition to gallery practice or as a rejection of the art object, but as the reality and potential of an ever-expanding media landscape.
PANEL 1: EXHIBITING
Noon – 2:00 pm
Executive Director, Rhizome.org and Adjunct Curator of the New Museum
Artist and member of Paper Rad
Critic and Co-Director of Light Industry, Brooklyn
Senior Project Specialist and Consulting Curator, Department of Contemporary Programs and Research, Getty Research Institute
Moderated by Caitlin Jones
Independent writer and curator
PANEL 2: COLLECTING
3:30 – 5:30 pm
Curator of the Pamela and Richard Kramlich Collection
Anne & Joel Ehrenkranz Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art
Director of Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York
Moderated by Rebecca Cleman
Director of Distribution at EAI
Founded in 1971, Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) is one of the world’s leading nonprofit resources for video art and digital media. A pioneering advocate for media art and artists, EAI’s core program is the distribution and preservation of a major collection of over 3,500 new and historical media works by artists. EAI’s activities include a preservation program, viewing access, educational services, extensive online resources, and public programs such as artists’ talks, exhibitions and panels. The Online Catalogue provides a comprehensive resource on the artists and works in the EAI collection, including extensive research materials.