[-empyre-] -empyre- September, 2015, Video: Behind and Beyond

Timothy Conway Murray tcm1 at cornell.edu
Wed Sep 9 03:42:04 AEST 2015

Hello, -Empyreans-,

Now that the US holidays have passed and the heat of the summer has finally settled into Upstate New York, it's time to look to the fall startup of the 2015-16 season of -empyre–.  We look forward to a a wide-ranging discussion throughout the remainder of September of "Video and Beyond."  Information about the topic and this week's guests is below:

September, 2015 Video: Behind and Beyond

Moderated by Tim Murray (US) and Renate Ferro(US) with invited discussants

Week 1 September 8-13: Andrew Deutsch (US) Kathy High (US), Sherry Hocking Miller (US), Renate Ferro (US), Tim Murray (US) Isak Berbic (US),  John Conomos (AU), Carolyn Tennant (US)

Week 2 September  14-20: Megan Roberts (US), Raymond Ghirardo (US), Lynne Sacks (US), Alan Sondheim (US)

Week 3 September  21-26 Maureen Turim (US), Benton C Bainbridge ( US)
Week 4 September  27-30  Sarah Watson (US), Gabriel Menotti (BR), Anca Rujoiu (SG)
In celebration of the legacy of the Experimental Television Center, -empyre- dedicates the month of September to discussion of “Video: Behind and Beyond.”  For over forty years, the Experimental Television Center in Owego, New York, was one of North America’s preeminent residencies and funding sources for video art, fostering a community for creative and innovation in technology.  Through its residency program and practical research program artists worldwide passed through its doors.  The Experimental Television Center was founded by Ralph Hocking, in 1971, who collaborated with Nam June Paik and others in the creation of innovative tools used by ETC artists for experimental creation in and around video.  Throughout the years both Ralph Hocking and Sherry Miller Hocking have provided support and services to the media and technology community by encouraging electronic media technologies and honoring independently creating moving-image history.  They have single handedly initiated projects that encouraged partnerships for research, education, and preservation.
During the month of September, we encourage discussion of the early days of video art and its movement beyond the analogue into pairings with digital technologies.  ETC fostered and encouraged these pairings from the very beginning.  In addition to hearing from international guests with specialized artistic and critical interests in video art, we will be joined by many of the artists and technicians who have been affiliated with ETC.

The month’s discussion coincides with a major exhibition, opening September 24, at the Hunter College Art Gallery in New York City with the collaboration of the Rose Goldsen Archive for New Media Art, which holds the ETC archive.

 the center over these past several years to celebrate the history and heritage of ETC during Week 1, to examine the affect of the center’s influence beyond the scope of a regional video center to an influential player in the digital and internet age nationally and globally during Week 2 and 3, and finally during Week 4 to discuss the Center’s preservation and archival drive for the future.

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Renate Ferro (US) Renate Ferro’s creative work resides in the area of emerging technology, new media and culture. By aligning artistic, creative practice with critical approaches to technology her work broadly spans installation, interactive net-based projects, digital time-based media, drawing, text, and performance. Her artistic work has been featured at The Freud Museum (London), The Dorksy Gallery (NY), The Hemispheric Institute and FOMMA (Mexico), The Janus Pannonius Muzeum (Hungary), and The Free University Berlin (Germany).  Her writing has been published in such journals as Diacritics, Theatre Journal, and Epoch.. She also is the founder of the Tinker Factory<http://www.tinkerfactory.net/> Lab. Ferro is a Visiting Associate Professor of Art at Cornell University.  She has been on the moderating team for -empyre soft-skinned space since 2007 and is currently the managing moderator.

Tim Murray (US) Tim Murray is Curator of the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, Director of the Society for the Humanities and Professor of Comparative Literature and English at Cornell University.  A Moderator of -empyre-, he sits on the Executive Committee of the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC). Author of Digital Baroque: New Media Art and Cinematic Folds (Minnesota 2008) and Zonas de Contacto: el arte en CD-ROM (Centro de la imagen, 1999), he is completing two books on Virtual Archives and Media Art in Asia, and editing volumes on Jean-Luc Nancy and Xu Bing.

Weekly Guests:
Week 1
Isak Berbic (BA) is an artist primarily working with photography, moving image and performance. His recent artworks reimagine popular narratives, crossing them with social and personal histories, often appropriating anecdotes and myths, politics and contemporary issues, environmental and economic ecologies, art history, cooking, migration, humor, tragedy, the global circulation of images and the limits of representation. Reflecting on contested histories, he uses fiction and documents, found and primary material, exploring the image and the literary in the construction of his pieces. His work takes on different forms of presentation, including image-text-object installations, photographic prints, videos, actions, texts and publications.

John Conomos (AU) is an artist, critic and theorist who exhibits extensively both locally and internationally.  He is an Associate Professor at Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney.  His art practice cuts across a variety of art forms-video, new media, installation, photo-performance, and radio-phonic art—and deals with autobiography, identity, language, memory, post-colonialism and the ‘in-between’ links between cinema, literature, critical theory and the visual arts. Conomos is a prolific writer and artist. He is currently working on three new video projects.

Kathy High (US) is an interdisciplinary artist, educator working with
arts and biology. In the early 1980's she studied for her masters in film
and video at University of Buffalo with media pioneers Hollis Frampton, Steina Vasulka
and Tony Conrad. She has received awards including Guggenheim Memorial
Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and NEA. Her art works have been shown at Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Science Gallery, (Dublin), NGBK,
(Berlin), Fesitval Transitio_MX (Mexico), MASS MoCA (North Adams), Videotage Art Space (Hong
Kong). High is Professor of Video and New Media in the Department of Arts at
Rensselaer. She was co-editor of The Emergence of Video Processing Tools: Television Becoming Unglued with Sherry Miller Hocking, Assistant Director of the Experimental Television Center, and Mona Jimenez, Associate Professor of the Moving Image and Preservation Program, In Cinema Studies at NYU, a two volume anthology about the history of video imaging tools, Intellect Books
(UK)/Chicago University Press (IL), 2014.

Sherry Miller Hocking (US) has worked since 1972 with the Experimental Television Center, which until 2011 served the media arts community by providing an international residency program, educational opportunities and sponsorship for independent media and film artists and projects. For over 40 years she helped administer the artist in residence program, inviting over 1500 artists to create new works. She also worked to support individual artists’ projects; ETC helped raise almost 2 million dollars in direct funding to media artists. For 22 years Hocking directed the Electronic Arts Grants Program, providing funding to individuals and arts organizations. In 1994 she designed and continues to direct the Video History Project, an online informational research database for media scholars worldwide. She has helped organize a number of preservation conferences, notably the Video History Conference at Syracuse University.  With Kathy High and Mona Jimenez, she is co-editor of The Emergence of Video Processing Tools: Television Becoming Unglued(Intellect, 2014). The archives of ETC are in the collection of the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art at Cornell University.     http://www.experimentaltvcenter.org

Carolyn Tennant (US) has been a champion in Upstate New York of collaborative efforts to digitize and preserve video.   The Director of Archives and Migrating Media at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, in Buffalo, New York, Carolyn has been a primary consultant in efforts to archive the collections of the Experimental Television Center, Hallwalls, and other New York experimental venues.

Timothy Murray
Professor of Comparative Literature and English
Taylor Family Director, Society for the Humanities
Curator, Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art
A D White House
Cornell University,
Ithaca, New York 14853

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