Hallwalls Archive: Golden Years

Tennant-ConradVisual Arts
Thursday, February 20 | 1:30 p.m.
Hallwalls Archive: Golden Years
Center for Advanced Media Studies, Johns Hopkins University (off campus event)

A discussion with Carolyn Tennant, media arts director of Hallwalls and Tony Conrad, artist and professor at the University of Buffalo Center for Advanced Media Studies.

Hallwalls was founded on Buffalo’s West Side in late 1974 by a group of young visual artists, some of them still students at the time. Since its founding, numerous national and international artists have visited Hallwalls for performances, screenings, readings, panel discussions, and exhibitions. As early as 1977, Hallwalls received support from the New York State Council on the Arts to document its multidisciplinary activities using video. Early performances by Karen Finley, Ann Magnuson, Rachel Rosenthal, and Mike Kelley (among many others) are accessible now thanks to Hallwalls’ conservation efforts.

This discussion is one of several talks, films and performances in the series organized by the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, Jump Over Timecurated by Joanna Raczynska (’98, Visual Arts) of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.  Jump Over Time looks at some creative uses of video documentation as an idiom and form used by media artists. When does the video documentation of an event shift from witness to evidence? If a performance is designed for the camera is the urgency, the live-ness, of the performance obliterated?  When the video maker’s intent is to re-present a specific historic period, action, or happening, can reenactments be considered documentation? Selected works as well as visiting artists and archivists will speak to the many ways archives—brimming with mediated experiences—that are critical to cultural determination, memory and practice.

Johns Hopkins University
Gilman Hall, Room 50

Admission is free.

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