Video History: Making Connections - Events & Performances

Events & Performances
Friday, October 16, 1998

Everson Museum Reception

Join colleagues from Video History: Making Connections and Common Ground, the NYSAAE conference, at the Everson Museum, a building designed by internationally-acclaimed architect I.M. Pei, for a reception. On view will be Water Training: A Video Installation, by New York City-based artist Janet Biggs, as well as works by Carrie Mae Weems, and a selection of recently restored video works by Bill Viola, Paik, Tony Oursler, Les Levine, Gary Hill and Skip Blumberg. This event is co-sponsored by the Experimental Television Center, the Everson Museum of Art and the New York State Alliance for Arts Education.

David Ross: The Success of the Failure of Video

Widely known as a champion of contemporary art, David Ross began his career as the worldís first video curator at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, where he organized pioneering media exhibitions by such groups as Raindance, the VideoFreex, the Experimental Television Center, and by such artists as Frank Gillette, Shigeko Kubota and Nam June Paik. He then served at the Long Beach Museum of Art and the University Art Museum in Berkeley where he was Chief Curator. While Director of Bostonís Institute of Contemporary Art, he co-founded the Contemporary Art Television Fund and taught at Harvard University. From 1991 until 1998 he was Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, where he recently curated with Peter Sellars a major retrospective of the work of Bill Viola. Ross is presently Director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. David Ross will address a joint audience of the Video History Project and the Common Ground conferences. This event is co-sponsored by the Experimental Television Center, the New York State Alliance for Arts Education, and with corporate support from VidiPax.


Saturday, October 17, 1998

" AUSPROBIEREN (to experiment)"
A multimedia/sound notation free composition and performance based on sampled sounds and texts by electronic instrument inventor and Western NY resident Harald Bode. All of the sounds created in this performance will all be used as "carrier" signals in the Bode Vocoder, an electronic sound processing device invented by Harald Bode in the mid 1970s. This instrument will be operated by video/multimedia artist Peer Bode, who will read an original text derived from the technical journals of his father Harald. All sampled/looped sounds used in the performance are taken from the demo tapes and sonic studies of Harald Bode. Pauline Oliveros will be present via video. She has been taped at Mills College playing her accordion (in just intonation) and will be mixed/processed live during the performance by Kevin McCoy who has developed his own video/sound processing computer programs that use algorithmic structures in their operation. The video will be projected. Classically trained violinist and electronic improvisor/video artist Steina Vasulka will be playing her long-time friend the violin, and Andrew Deutsch will be performing an analog synthesizer and has created a number of "loops" that will be mixed randomly into the performance. Tony Conrad, a video and film artist, pioneer of minimalist music and educator, joins in with his violin and ring modulator. Tony Conrad will perform Early Minimalism: May 1965, a series of works reflecting, but not literally reconstructing, the performance techniques introduced by Tony Conrad in his work with John Cale, LaMonte Young, Marian Zazeela and others during the early 1960s. In this piece, a solo violin is accompanied by other drone instruments, heard here on tape.

Performed by:
Peer Bode - text, Vocoder, processing, electronics
Tony Conrad - violin, electronics
Andrew Deutsch - loops, electronics, synthophone, mix
Kevin McCoy - video image processing, program design, sound processing, electronics
Pauline Oliveros - accordion and video performance
Steina Vasulka - violin, electronics

ArtVideoDance at the Creamery
ArtVideoDance commemorates the origins of video art and the interactive role of living, breathing art in our culture. Four video artists will perform a live video jam, an assortment of your favorite dance masters will be mixing their all time favorites, an inflatable of legendary proportions will be installed by a team of enterprising local architects, and the eclectic collections of Creamery Art will be on view from the notorious tank room to the nouveau sometimes room. Directions are included in the conference packet.

Carl Geiger - video, mixing, Amiga computer
Carol Goss - video, Amiga computer
Boyd Nutting - video, electronic music, Amiga computer
Walter Wright - video, Targa2K

On-Going Events

throughout the conference

Extended Play I: Selected Works

Screenings of historic works from the collections of distributors and media centers. Included is work from Electronic Arts Intermix, Everson Museum, DCTV, Experimental Intermedia, Experimental Arts Intermix, Experimental Television Center, Film/Video Arts, Hallwalls, Harvestworks, The Kitchen, Paper Tiger, Potato Wolf, Set in Motion from the New York State Council on the Arts, Video Data Bank, Visual Studies Workshop, V Tape, and Women Make Movies. Screenings on an on-going schedule, which is listed separately. Organized by Tara Mateik.

Extended Play II: Open Screening Room

Screening of old and new works to share with others.

Resource Room

A drop in room to take a look at exhibition, distribution and university catalogs, books, magazines and ephemers from the early days of video, as well as examples of student work from around the world.
Organized by Pamela Susan Hawkins, Institute for Electronic Arts

Take a look at a display of early analog and digital tools, from off-the shelf portapaks of the late 1960s to specially created instruments. On continuous view is Pioneers of Electronic Art, a program of works curated by Woody Vasulka and Steina Vasulka for Arts Electronica in 1992. The program illustrates the functioning of many of these old devices, and is user-accessible on five laserdisc stations. Organized by Peer Bode, David Jones, Steina Vasulka, Experimental Television Center and Institute for Electronic Arts

Constructing Video Histories

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