Not Drowning but Creating
Bill Viola brings his preoccupation with life, death and water to Paris’s Grand Palais
VIDEO ARTIST BILL VIOLA has often spoken of his near-death experience at the age of six, when he fell into a lake. He was saved by an uncle, but at first he tried to push his rescuer away—”I saw a beautiful world under water…I wanted to stay,” he said earlier this week at a press conference to launch his retrospective at the Grand Palais in Paris. Water remains a signature element in his work, in which fleeting time, the brevity of life and the inevitability of death are ever-present.
Born in Syracuse, N.Y. in 1951, Mr. Viola belongs to the first TV generation. “I was born at the same time as video,” he said, and his website biography lists “Captain of the TV Squad, fifth grade, P.S. 20, Queens, NY.” At Syracuse University, he quickly gravitated to a new “experimental studios” department, and later assisted video-art pioneer Nam June Paik. In Melbourne for a 1977 exhibition, he met Kira Perov, cultural director at La Trobe University; they married in 1980, and she has since been a close collaborator on all his work. They are world travelers, but based in Long Beach, Calif. for 30 years, with a library of books on mysticism, Zen Buddhism, Sufism, philosophy, poetry and art.
Remembering video art pioneer - Tate Modern plans Nam June Paik exhibition this year. The Tate Modern, London’s influential modern art museum, will hold a special exhibition later this year of the definitive works of the late Paik Nam-june, the Korean artist revered as the father of video art.
Art & Graft creates ‘Trip’, the new animated film for Virgin Atlantic
Art & Graft, the London-based design and motion studio, has produced the new inflight film that continues Virgin Atlantic’s history of entertaining and innovative output. It was appointed following an international 10-way pitch to replace the seminal film created by Nexus almost 12 years ago.
The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam has purchased two important works by the Turner Prize winning, British artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen, who was awarded the Oscar for Best Film for 12 Years a Slave.
The works go on display on 13 December at the Stedelijk as part of a large presentation of video art from the collection.
Adventures In Video Art
Join Anne Spalter as she talks about her exciting work involving art and technology. Her video pieces are based on original footage shot in remote locations, from moving vehicles. Be prepared to see adventure, the unexpected, and serendipitous moments that you would’t expect. Anne will show material from and discuss the backstories of several works, as well as some of the computer-based methods of creation.
The pieces are location, weather, and time-specific videos shot from cars, high-rise buildings from the air, and underwater. These images fold in on themselves and abstract forms and patterns emerge.
When: Wednesday, March 26th, 7:30pm
Where: Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain, MA
Presenters: Anne Spalter
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited.
Annoyed I missed posting this before the event, but still totally worth noting for the archives.
A performance by and discussion with Los Angeles video artist VJ Eric Medine.
How are artists using programming to push the boundaries of video form, function, and exhibition? Los Angeles artist Eric Medine’s eclectic body of work demonstrates new possibilities achieved through video game and YouTube hacking as well as live video mapping and mixing. Eric will discuss his experiences as a video artist and curator, show samples of his work, and perform an improvisational video piece. More at: http://ericmedine.com
A man dances in a dark room. Arrayed on one side is a panoply of projectors, hurling shafts of light. On the other side, the man’s dancing figure is projected, while all around, people are photographing him from every possible angle with iPhones, the flashes like pale torches. And in the center: the viewer. This hypnotic video installation by Tzion Abraham Hazan addresses themes of…
The Art Program at CSU Channel Islands (CI) is pleased to announce the opening of its first international video art exhibition, Global Voices, Diverse Narratives: One Medium, Video, on view Thursday, March 6, through Sunday, April 13, at the John Spoor Broome Library Art Gallery.
Nothing fusty about Warmouth at Fitchburg Art Museum
10 Years of Video Art
Brick City Gallery, 215 West Mill Street in Springfield, is presenting NMC10: 10 Years of Video Art, March 4- 7.
This new media exhibit is free and open to the public. First Friday Art Walk is 6pm-10pm, Friday, March 7.
Gallery hours are: 11am-6pm Monday-Friday, and Noon-5pm Saturday. Gallery is closed during national and university holidays.
NMC10 is a juried video program celebrating the ten-year anniversary of the New Media Caucus (NMC), a 953 member affiliate organization of the College Art Association formed in 2003 to promote the development and understanding of new media art.
Moving Image NY, the Contemporary Video Art Fair Moving Image NY, the contemporary video art fair, will take place March 6-9, 2014. Located in the Waterfront Tunnel in Chelsea, the fair will feature a selection of international commercial galleries and non-profit institutions presenting single-channel videos, single-channel projections, video sculptures, and other larger video installations. Learn More→ http://bit.ly/1ptau7C
Stations of the Cross Curator To Carry 8ft Wooden Cross For Arts Sake - Artist and curator Ben Moore will carry an 8 foot tall wooden cross 8 miles from Barons Court across Hyde Park to St.Marylebone parish Church where it will be installed for the exhibition Stations of the Cross. The performance titled ‘Crossing Over’ will be filmed and presented as a piece of video art in the exhibition which opens next Thursday for 40 days, on Sunday 2nd March.