Abina Manning of Video Data Bank talks with Jenny Marketou and Uncommon/Commons attendees at College Art Association 2014 in Chicgao about the screenings of works by various video artists, provided by VDB.
For this workshop, visitors were able to view works from artists who worked with the MWF Video Club in order to preserve their VHS works into a digital format via the Internet Archive (here is a list of their videos on Internet Archive). This video begins with a screening of Invasion of the Amazons by Penelope Wehrli and ends with Peter Fend’s End of Exxon / World War II Again. Alexis Bhagat led us in a discussion of his exhibition at the New Museum for this project and the implications of and need for media archeology of otherwise invisible but historic video artist communities.
Micha Cárdenas led a great discussion with the help of Shira Hassan of the Young Women’s Empowerment project. We talked about Participatory Action Research with at-risk youth and LGBTQIA youth, interventionist aesthetics with wearable technology, and how to use technology to network for non-violence.
Due to unforseen circumstances, Laurel Ptak was unable to be with us in person, but did chat with us via Skype and helped lead off the discussion. Many thanks to participants who helped with workshopping and added many valuable contributions and original thoughts to the discussion!
Questions for discussion:
- Is Facebook Work?
- Do We Want Wages For Facebook?
- How Do We Calculate Our Value?
- How Would We Make This Demand?
Liz Barry presented on how to combine citizen science and art to enable social change. Local and other citizen scientists had the chance to connect and collaborate on issues of environmental justice.
Also with us:
- Kate Koval spoke to us about petcoke on the Calumet river.
- Brenda Perry talked to us about desertifcation and getting kids interested in environmental justice through art.
- Alan Kaspar talked to us about teaching kids science and homeschooling.
- Benjamin Sugar from Civic Lab came and helped us out with hacking cameras and adjusting photos to understand infa-blue and figuring out plant health from Liz’s ariel photography.
- an incubator for skills and knowledge-sharing in Media Lounge, responding to themes of the commons and “communing.”
- a series of workshops, film and video screenings, public discussions, and provocations by a range of international artists, filmmakers, activists, art critics, curators, community researchers, educators, lawyers, and ethnographers.
- conceived by Jenny Marketou, an interdisciplinary artist, media researcher, and activist based in New York City.
- organized by Jenny Marketou with the assistance of media researcher and producer Nathanael Bassett.
- Video programs are curated by Jenny Marketou and Abina Manning, director of Video Data Bank at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
It is our hope that Uncommon/Commons will be an opportunity to connect Chicago’s artists, activists and academics, and engender conversations and connections that are important to the local civic landscape.
Basma Alsharif, Farther than the eye can see, 2012, Jordan/United Arab Emirates
Harun Farocki, A New Product, 2012, Germany
Liz Barry , workshop at Whitney Museum , photo by Jeffrey Warren
HalfLifers, Actions in Action, 1997, U.S
Rania and Raed Rafei “74: The Reconstitution of a Struggle ” still, Lebanon
eteam, Track One, 2011,Taiwan/U.S
Barnraising, 2011. Modifying cameras to take infrared pictures, photo by Shannon Dosemagen
Les LeVeque, Traders Leaving the Exchange, A Guard and the Street, 2011, USA
Ursula Beiman, Deep Water 2013 Switzerland
Jesse McLean, The Invisible World, 2012, U.S.
“XFR STN” project, the New Museum NYC, 2013 photo byTara Hart courtesy New Museum
Oliver Ressler “Take the Square ” Athens,Greece, 2012 Video Still
Oliver Ressler “Take the Square ” Medrid , Spain, 2012 Video Still
Rosa Barba, Outwardly from Earth’s Center, 2007, Germany/Sweden
Micha Cárdenas” “Movements that Keep Us Safe” 2013, Allied Media Conference in Detroit, MI ,photo Micha Cardenas
Uncommon/Commons is organized with the help of
- Jenny Marketou is a Greek-born interdisciplinary artist, public speaker and researcher who lives and works in New York City .Her work takes the shape of installation, video, photography and public performance. Marketou has an MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and has taught in the art department at the Cooper Union in New York City. She is the author of “The Great Longing” a book with her photographs and texts about the Greek immigrants in Queens. Her most recent solo public projects include Undoing Monuments, at Benaki Museum (Athens, Greece) 2013); Sunspotting a Walking Forest for the High Line park commissioned by More Art (NYC 2012); Paperophanies A PRAXIS project commissioned by ARTIUM Museum of Contemporary Art (Vitoria, Spain, 2011). Marketou’s work has been exhibited internationally currently at the 1st Biennial of Cartagena des Indies (Cartagena, Colombia (2014); AGORA, the 4th Athens Biennial (Athens, Greece, 2013); the Centre of Contemporary Art (Glasgow, Scotland, 2013); Kumu Art Museum (Tallinn, Estonia 2011); Fondazione Claudio Buziol (Venice, Italy); 3rd Biennial of Seville (Seville, Spain); Apexart (New York City; ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany.
- Nathanael Bassett is a media researcher and producer. As a graduate student at the New School, he worked on issues related to collective identity and civic media, as well as interventionist aesthetics. Bassett works as a freelance videographer for non-profit organizations and with Youth Rights Media of New Haven, Connecticut.
- Abina Manning is the director of the Video Data Bank at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Manning has worked to promote artists’ film and video for many years, both in Europe and the United States. Prior to joining the Video Data Bank in 1999, she worked with a number of arts organizations in the U.K., including the LUX Center, the London Film Maker’s Co-op, London Electronic Arts, and Cinema of Women. She was director of the inaugural Pandemonium Festival of Moving Images, a major European exhibition presented at the Institute for Contemporary Arts in London that showcased film, video, gallery installations, and multi-media works. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Philosophy from Middlesex University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Film and Television from the University of Westminster, London.
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