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<nettime-ann> on the Vasulkas -> TUES 2006.06.13 CHI IL .US

"Woody and Steina Vasulka: aspects of electronic avant-garde"

Lenka Dolanova presents
"Woody and Steina Vasulka: aspects of electronic avant-garde"
facilitated by criticalartware
and hosted by Messhall

TUES 2006.06.13


6932 North Glenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60626
('Morse' stop on the Redline)


ABOUT "Woody and Steina Vasulka: aspects of electronic avant-garde"

Lenka Dolanova presents "Woody and Steina Vasulka: aspects of electronic avant-garde" a presentation, screening and open discussion. In the spirit of sharing and open exchanges, the evening will begin with a BYOB potluck dinner @ 6 PM with Lenka Dolanova's presentation starting @ 8 PM. Join criticalartware, Messhall and the experimental Media Arts community in conversation with Lenka Dolanova as she offers insights from her extensive and important research on Woody and Steina Vasulka. This event offers a rare opportunity to hear directly from Dolanova on the critical connections between the histories of Video Art and New Media Art as well as an in depth analysis of the work of the Vasulkas, artist's who have individually and collaboratively shaped our understanding of Media Art.

Dolanova, a visiting scholar and curator from Prague, will present a talk that is based on her research on and into the lives and art work of the Vasulkas, seminal media artists who have created pivotal media art works, organized events and archived histories for over 30 years. As Dolanova writes, the Vasulkas ongoing practices are based on "openness to incoming information and self-transformation through dialog with the machine. They have significantly contributed to the formation of theoretical and institutional framework of electronic art, trying to interconnect the spheres of technology and culture. Their field of research – image processing – existing mostly outside galleries – concentrates on experimenting with the parameters of electronic signal."

During this presentation Dolanova will screen examples of the work by the Vasulkas as well as discuss topics including early histories of Video Art, the electronic avant-garde, ethics of sharing and the Open Source movement in relation to the Vasulkas' work. In addition to these themes, Dolanova will draw from her current research on the Vasulkas to discuss a wide range of contemporary issues. She will discuss Video Art as self-transformation, revolutionary politics, access to the tools of production, personal transformation through technology and the histories of alternative art spaces. Woody and Steina Vasulka founded The Kitchen, an alternative multimedia art space in New York in 1971. Dolanova connects these histories with contemporary New Media Art via the "Open (re)sources" developed by the Vasulkas. The Vasulka Archive ( funded by the Langlois Fondation is an unprecedented archiving project initiated by the Vasulkas. The Vasulka Archive includes decades of in depth resources from the Vasulkas personal collections which are now freely available online.

ABOUT Lenka Dolanova:

Lenka Dolanová is a Prague-based curator, free-lance art critic and PhD. student in Art History at Charles University. Dolanová is currently a Fulbright researcher-in-residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is interested mainly in the various aspects of the avant-garde of electronic arts.

ABOUT criticalartware:

criticalartware is an [application/platform/concern] compiled at the turn of the twenty first century to address hyperthreaded hystories of new media, [software-as-art/art-as-software] and [connections/ ruptures/dislocations] between early moments of artware and Video Art. By drawing [parallels/paths] between the [concepts/discourses] of the early video art movement and the current [artware/newmedia] moment, criticalartware hopes to [re]connect the current context to its rightful past: a multitude of [personal/subjective] hyperthreaded [her/hi/hy]stories.

ABOUT Messhall:

"Mess Hall is an initiative mostly based out of a storefront space in a North Side neighborhood of Chicago called Rogers Park. There exists no single way to describe what Mess Hall is because the initiative continually enlarges its domain of activity... Many events involve presentations of one sort or another: screenings, lectures, readings, listening parties, how-to demonstrations, etc. More than a few of Mess Hall’s events from the past fifteen months fit into no category but their own: for example, a no-cash, clean-out-your-closet swap day, a weekend celebration of Eighties speed and thrash metal complete with vintage fanzines on display, and a hands-on deejaying tutorial."

excerpts from:

title: MESS HALL: What It Is (After the First Year)
dvr: Dan S. Wang
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