Conversations at the Edge

November 7 – Now: The Body and the Screen

Posted by | Raven Munsell | Posted on | November 1, 2013

Thursday, November 7, 6 p.m. | Presented by curator Jennifer Chan
Artists Janet Lin in person and Georges Jacotey present via Google Hangout!

Still from Now (1973, Lynda Benglis). Courtesy of the artist and the Video Data Bank.

Still from Now (1973, Lynda Benglis). Courtesy of the artist and the Video Data Bank.

In video’s early days, artists explored the camera’s influence on the way we understand ourselves by mixing performance and the medium’s capacity for instantaneous playback. In a seminal example, Lynda Benglis directed, questioned, and even kissed a screen image of her own self in the 1973 video Now. Forty years later, video art has become a hybrid practice that spans from performance-for-the-webcam to online remixes. Curated by new media artist Jennifer Chan, this program extends Now’s concerns into the era after the internet, showcasing politicized, carnal videos by artists Alexandra Gorczynski, Georges Jacotey, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Faith Holland, Eduardo Menz, Ei Jane Janet Lin, and more.

1973–2013, multiple countries, multiple formats, ca 60 min + discussion

JENNIFER CHAN (b. 1988, Ottawa, Canada) works with video, performance, and web-based media. She makes deliberately kitsch remix videos as a form of social commentary on art and gender after the Internet. Recent solo exhibitions include the Marshall McLuhan Salon in the Embassy of Canada in Berlin for Transmediale 2013 and Vox Populi, Philadelphia. Her curatorial projects have appeared at Trinity Square Video, VTape, and InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Center. Her writing on the histories and trends of Internet culture have been published in West Space Journal, Rhizome, Networked_Performance, Art F City, and Junk Jet. She is a recipient of the 2008 Mississauga Art Awards for Emerging Visual Talent.

 

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