[-empyre-] Week Four Guests: Bode, Watson, Rujoiu

Timothy Conway Murray tcm1 at cornell.edu
Sun Sep 27 02:11:02 AEST 2015

Hi, again, everyone,

Thanks so much to Maureen Turim, Jason Bernagozzi, and Benton Bainbridge
for sharing their thoughts in-between the ETC opening and the Jewish
holidays over the past week.

We are rounding out September's discussion of "Video: Behind and Beyond"
with contributions from one of the pionneers of the medium, Peer Bode, and
two curators who have been so successful in bringing together different
generations of international artists to exhibit and contemplate the
lasting legacy of video and its digital interfaces, Sarah Watson of the
Hunter College Galleries and Anca Rujoiu of the Centre for Contemporary
Art of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.  I have enjoyed
working closely with Sarah on the Hunter exhibition, and celebrate her
exciting and judicious installation of the show, and I also so admire the
curatorial interventions of Anca with whom I've had the pleasure of
working in Singapore.

We welcome all three of you to the final days of our discussion and look
forward to hearing your thoughts.

Peer Bode (US) is Professor of Video Arts at the School of Art and Design
and Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Institute for Electronic Arts (IEA),
NYSCC at Alfred University in Alfred, NY.  In 1976 Peer became the ETC
program¹s coordinator and artist in residence. It was during this period
that Peer made an impressive body of seminal early works. These were
exhibited broadly in New York, including exhibits at the Anthology Film
Archives, the Kitchen and the New York Avant Garde Film Festival. In
collaborations with David Jones at ETC, Peer assisted in the construction
of the Jones Frame Buffer, an instrument which has become a signature
processor within Peer's oeuvre. Peer has the distinction of creating some
of the earliest digital prints and digital video artworks. Other
collaborations from this period include video and dance works with
choreographers Bill T. Jones, Arnie Zane and Lois Welk together with Meryl
Blackman and Cara Brownell. As the ETC Program Coordinator, Peer assisted
numerous artists in realizing major works, including Shigeko Kubota,
Walter Wright, Doris Chase, Jud Yalcut, Gary Hill and Richard Kostelanetz.
In 1987 Peer became head of the Video Arts Program at the School of Art
and Design, NYSCC at Alfred University.  He has exhibited works in
international festivals and exhibitions, including the European Media Art
Festival (Osnabrück, Germany), Impakt Film and Video Art Festival (the
Netherlands), Viper Festival (Lucern, Switzerland), Image Farm (Hiroshima,
Japan), and across China.

Anca Rujoiu (SG), is a Romanian curator currently based in Singapore. She
is a curator for exhibitions at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore
and curator
at FormContent, a curatorial initiative in London. Previously, she
coordinated the public programme of the School of Fine Art at the Royal
College of Art (UK).
With FormContent she explored various curatorial models and challenged the
relationship between artist/curator often overlapping their roles in the
process. Her
recent project with FormContent, It's Moving from I to It unfolded as a
performative script within a nomadic structure testing formats of
production and distribution. She has been a visiting lecturer at various
universities including Goldsmiths College, Central Saint Martins
University and Newcastle and television productions, artists' publications.

Sarah Watson (US)is the Chief Curator of the Hunter College Art Galleries
and co-organized, designed, and mounted the current ETC exhibition at
Hunter College Art Galliers. Since joining the galleries in 2012, she has
co-organized numerous exhibitions and their accompanying public
programming, including: Robert Barry: All the things I know . . . 1962 to
the present; Robert Motherwell and the New York School at Hunter; Gego and
Gerd Leufert: a dialogue; Héctor Fuenmayor: Citrus 6906; Open Work in
Latin America, New York & Beyond: Conceptualism Reconsidered; William
Anastasi: Sound Works 1963 to 2013; and Conceptual Abstraction.
Watson has served as a juror for Independent Curators International
Curatorial Intensive Program and sits on the Foundation To-Life, Inc.,
Arthur and Carol
Kaufman Goldberg Visiting Curator Committee at Hunter College.  Prior to
her arrival at Hunter College, She worked as the assistant curator for an
international private art collection. Watson holds an MA in Art History
from Hunter College and a BFA in Art Photography from Syracuse University.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts, Peer, Sarah, and Anca.

Tim and Renate

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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