From: Victoria Wolfe (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Aug 22 2006 - 11:41:27 PDT
You might consider getting my show back up on the archive. I can send
the original webpage. Perhaps coming in late, you can make amends for
the bad work
of those who preceded you.
On Tuesday, August 22, 2006, at 11:34 AM, Susan Agliata wrote:
> I have only recently taken on the task of programming the New York
> Experimental Film + Video series at The Tank and am not familiar with
> either the founding members of the collective or previous
> screening/exhibition programs. I deal only with the film/video
> on a limited basis and the screenings that I organize are completely
> independent from their other programming. I regret to hear of any
> negative professional experiences with the organization.
> I would like to emphasize that at New York Experimental screenings the
> proceeds of the ticket sales that are due to the artist/filmmaker are
> given directly to them at the event. Furthermore, no artist will be
> turned down if they are unable to pay the submission fee. Beyond my
> volunteer programming work I know nothing of the other activities of
> My only goal in this endeavor is to screen experimental films and
> with a focus on emerging artists, to the general public at an
> price. I do this on a volunteer basis simply because of a love for
> experimental film and video, and as previously stated reap no financial
> benefits. If at some point attendance to the screenings increases and
> consistent perhaps the submission fee could be reconsidered, but at
> point that does not seem to be a possibility.
> Each filmmaker/artist has different expectations and requirements in
> regards to festivals and screenings. Many are willing to pay $40.00 to
> submit to the Ann Arbor Film Festival and others are not. Each
> will find the festivals and screenings that appeal to them in regards
> cultural context and personal conscious and that is what makes an
> community diverse.
> While I understand that dialogue concerning submission fees and
> professional relationships with such organizations is integral to the
> greater community, I do hope that this small screening series can be
> appreciated for what I hoped it would be: an opportunity for the
> public to see underrepresented moving picture works and provide an
> opportunity to emerging and established artists, no more and no less.
> Susan Agliata
> The Tank: New York Experimental
> email suppressed
>> Just so you all know, I once curated a video art show at Spaceworks @
>> the Tank and was guaranteed
>> payment for two artists. The rest of my money for the exhibition came
>> out of my pocket. One was an artist
>> who had recently moved to the U.S. from Asia and who was supporting a
>> new family, the other someone who couldn't
>> afford airfare and who flew in to perform an evening of music upstairs
>> at the Tank that brought in a full paying
>> audience. They did not pay either one the nomimal fee promised, and
>> that happened after both artists participated
>> in the show. I happen to know that one of the members of the
>> collective had made some big mistakes with
>> money in unrelated matters. Not only did this harm my professional
>> reputation -- somehow the collective at
>> the Tank managed to portray me as being in the wrong. The shows was
>> popular - the opening screening had
>> many who stayed and watched for hours. Additionally, the staff
>> until just days before the event to clean up the room for
>> the screening, and installation-wise they did not follow through with
>> anything near what they had promised in the
>> weeks and weeks of meetings and prep together. The Tank not only
>> never paid the artists what they had
>> promised, they removed the show, Dialogue with Pop, from their archive
>> listing because I was so mad about this.
>> Meanwhile I had to scramble to do damage control. Fortunately I have
>> screenshots that it existed.
>> One of my worst professional experiences.
>> On Monday, August 21, 2006, at 10:46 AM, Susan Agliata wrote:
>>> I would like to clarify the mission of The Tank and address some
>>> issues a
>>> few individuals seem to have with the submission process:
>>> The Tank is a not-for-profit organization for the visual and
>>> arts and operates with an almost entirely volunteer staff to program,
>>> manage, and maintain the venue. New works find a home here, artists
>>> an environment where they can create as well as present, and
>>> find welcoming ticket prices to a dynamic schedule that has given
>>> unconventional programming a stage in the heart of Manhattan.
>>> The Tank keeps only a very small percentage of the ticket sales to
>>> screenings and the remainder is given DIRECTLY to the
>>> Once again, the programmers/organizers do not receive financial
>>> A submission fee for festivals and screening opportunities is
>>> practice and is necessary to pay bills and rent for running a monthly
>>> screening in Tribeca. All submission fees go directly towards
>>> of the venue and once again the organizers are not compensated
>>> through these fees.
>>> It is truly disheartening to me that this has been met with such
>>> criticism. The Tank is merely one venue of a community of non-profit
>>> organizations dedicated to screening underrepresented experimental
>>> and video to the public on a continuing basis, and it is integral
>>> this endeavor is sustained through the support of the greater
>>> moving picture community.
>>> Susan Agliata
>>> The Tank: New York Experimental
>>> email suppressed
>>> For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.
>> For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.
> For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.
For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.