FW: Medium Cool, Art in General, NY

From: Ed Halter (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Jan 05 2008 - 08:44:12 PST

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January 10-12, 2008
Sixth Floor Galleries

Art in General
79 Walker Street
New York NY 10013
tel. 212 219 0473
www.artingeneral.org <http://www.artingeneral.org/>
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Organized by Hanne Mugaas

Art in General's 10th Video Marathon explores the current state of video
art, situated in-between institutionalized 'Video Art' and the work emerging
from the flow and dynamism of the Internet. Taking the title of Haskell
Wexler's film of 1969, which suggested a critique of Marshall McLuhan's
distinction between 'hot' and 'cold' media, Medium Cool suggests that video
is an idea rather than a technology ­ as an umbrella term for a particular
set of practices, it promises democracy while at the same time threatening
to reduce images to information. Through screenings, lectures, and a
dedicated website, the Marathon looks at a range of video practices,
including early experiments within the media itself, while dealing with
issues of video distribution and copyright, the making of (art) history and
legacy through moving images, and the general impact of technology on
contemporary culture.

In keeping with this tenth anniversary of the Video Marathon, the screening
Transitional Objects, curated by Thomas Beard, looks back on the past decade
of electronic art as a way of thinking about a medium that has remained in
flux‹politically, aesthetically, and technologically‹since its inception,
while Artist Looking at the Camera, curated by Hanne Mugaas and Fabienne
Stephan, includes the work of artists who use the medium to explore the
creation and distribution of facts and history. The Marathon opens on
Thursday 10th January with a lecture by Ed Halter, and ends on Saturday 12th
with Art Since 1960 (According to the Internet) an event by Hanne Mugaas and
Cory Arcangel, and Flipped Chips, an event curated by the artist
collaborative LoVid.

Thursday January 10, 6.00- 9.00, - Friday & Saturday, January 11 & 12,
12.00- 6.00pm

Artist Looking at the Camera, curated by Hanne Mugaas and Fabienne Stephan
These screenings profile the work of artists who use the tools of
re-enactment, appropriation and moving image manipulation to question how
history is produced and how facts are modified and reinforced through
distribution. From issues of social documentation and media distribution to
copyright and the impact of technology upon culture, the artists question
the status of moving images in collective memory and imagined future.
Artists include Bad Beuys Entertainment, Lene Berg, Ida Ekblad, Haris
Epaminonda, Sascha Hahn, Nate Harrison, Annika Larsson, Lars Laumann,
Guthrie Lonergan, Anders Nordby, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, and Stephen

Transitional Objects, curated by Thomas Beard
The screening Transitional Objects looks back on the past decade of
electronic art as a way of thinking about a medium that has remained in
flux‹politically, aesthetically, and technologically‹since its inception.
Whether the subject is dime store psychics or the return of the repressed,
new loves or old regimes, all works raise the question: where is video
going? Artists include Bobby Abate, William E. Jones, Eileen Maxson,
Jennifer Montgomery, Michael Robinson, Phil Solomon, and Jennet Thomas.


Thursday January 10, 6.30-8.00pm
Regarding Jeff's People, lecture by Ed Halter
This lecture by writer and curator Ed Halter takes its starting point from
the work of Washington, DC-based Jeff Krulik, maker of the legendary video
Heavy Metal Parking Lot. In his talk, Halter addresses the utopian hopes and
mundane realities of public access television, the question of fandom and
subjectivity, underground VHS bootlegging as proto-file-sharing, criticism
of art and comedy, and the challenge of defining the term "artist", and in
particular, "video artist".

Saturday 12 January, 6.00pm-7.00pm
Art Since 1960 (According to the Internet), project by Hanne Mugaas and Cory
Arcangel, performed by Cory Arcangel
For this event, Mugaas and Arcangel have sorted and collected videos from
the Internet in order to discern where art and art history on the web is
currently situated. Looking at how art production and art history are
changed by the growing use of the Internet as a platform and resource, their
project explores how search algorithms and the whims of users upset the
usual control systems that govern how art is categorized‹with sometimes
surprising results. Mugaas and Arcangel's findings culminate in a video
screening presented with a live directors' commentary.

Saturday January 12, 7.00-8.00pm
Flipped Chips, event by Lovid
Flipped Chips includes videos by artists who custom-make their own hardware
video instruments. Dan Sandin, Nam June Paik, Steina and Woody Vasulka,
Matthew Schlanger, Steve Beck, Jim Wiseman, and Bill Etra represent a
generation of pioneers who explored video and moving image synthesis during
an era of idealism and utopian views of communication, where video and
television were regarded as the ultimate new medium of cultural and social
change. In this event, their work will be shown along with a new generation
who approach technology with personal and global nostalgia, or as a reaction
to the dominance of technology and media in mainstream culture, including
Billy Roisz (NTSC), noteNdo, Jon Satrom, Paul Slocum, Karl Klomp, Cory
Arcangel and LoVid.


A website with an online exhibition and material relating to the project
will be available from January 10 at: www.hanne-mugaas.com/videomarathon

For additional information on the exhibition and events, please visit

Art in General's Video Marathon is made possible by the New York State
Council on the Arts, a state agency and The Experimental Television Center's
Presentation Funds program, which is supported by the New York State Council
on the Arts and mediaThe Foundation. Additional support is provided by
Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA)

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