A History of Video Art Book Launch & Panel

Hours: 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Cost: Free

In anticipation of Eyebeam’s upcoming exhibition in collaboration with Moving Image Fair, New York, March 7th – 9th, Eyebeam Storefront presents a book launch and panel with author and artist Chris Meigh-Andrews. The event outlines the approach and concerns of his book “A History of Video Art” (Bloomsbury, 2013). He will be joined by a panel of distinguished video artists, writers and curators from the USA and the UK who will discuss their own attitudes to the development of the medium and how it has influenced and impacted their approach and ideas including Peter Campus, Beryl Korot, Terry Flaxton, Chris Meigh-Andrews, Mary Lucier and Lori Zippay.

Video art is now an established and accepted art form, but this has not always been the case. During its comparatively short history the genre has evolved from a marginalized and obscure underground activity to its current dominant position, transformed by rapidly changing technological, cultural, social and political events. Join Eyebeam for a discussion on the value, impact and importance of the history of video as an art form and its continued relevance in contemporary practice.

Chris Meigh-Andrews is a video artist and writer who has been making and exhibiting screen-based video and sculptural moving image installations since the mid 1970’s. His site-specific and commissioned installations often incorporate renewable energy systems and establish direct relationships with the natural and constructed environment.

Peter Campus, widely recognized as a pioneer in video art and in computer-enhanced digital photography, has had one-person shows of his seminal interactive and single channel video in major museums throughout the world and in distinguished group exhibitions.

Beryl Korot has pioneered the field of video art and in particular multiple channel works since the early 1970’s. She was co-editor of Radical Software (1970), the first publication to discuss the possibilities of the new video medium, and Video Art (1976).

Terry Flaxton has been an impassioned, indefatigable presence in British Independent Video for almost two decades. During this time he has assembled an impressive body of work encompassing powerful, polemical documentary (produced as a member of ground-breaking outfits Vida and Triplevision) and highly personal, poetic video art.

Mary Lucier is an American artist who has worked in many mediums including sculpture, photography, and performance. Concentrating primarily on video and installation since 1973, she has produced numerous multiple- and single-channel pieces.

Lori Zippay is the Executive Director of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) in New York. Over the past twenty years, she has also curated numerous exhibitions, written, taught, and lectured extensively, and has participated in many panels, conferences and international festival juries.