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CADVC Welcomes Guest Curator Joanna Raczynska

CADVC welcomes guest curator Joanna Raczynska for her 2013 / 2014 film series, Jump Over Time: Using Documentation Video.

Jump Over Time: Using Documentation Video presents a series of films and videos that utilize the subjective as well as mediated experiences of performance, exploring some of the many uses of video, film and audio documentation by artists, organizations, and collectives since the late 60s. The film and video presentations will contextualize questions regarding the concept of live performances and subjective experience; actions by Activist-Artists; histories of artist-run experimental media spaces and happenings; “professional” and “amateur” documentation and their purposes; copyright, archives, access and video format migration; and the experiences of projectionists, media arts curators and artists performing multiple roles in the making of meaning and history, among other concepts. The series will also work towards provoking a more active participation in the documentation of current artistic practices, organizations, and events.

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—are critical to cultural determination, memory, and practice.

Playing Un-Documented Utopias
Wednesday, November 6 at 4:00 p.m., CADVC, UMBC

The first program presents an overview of the series with excerpts of recent videos as well as the presentation of two recent works:: People to be Resembling (Otolith Group, UK/India, 2012, 22 minutes), “a five sided portrait of the methodologies of the postfree jazz, pre-world music trio Codona. People to be Resembling returns to 1978 in order to redream the recording process at Tonstudio Bauer as a meditation upon the relations between visual anthropology, anti-colonial choreography, nuclear annihilation and Weltmusik;” and Walk Through (Redmond Entwistle, USA/UK, 2013, 17 minutes), “an exploration of the site, design and philosophy of the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, as a starting point for posing wider questions about contemporary pedagogical models and their relationship to new forms of social, political and economic exchange that have emerged since the 1970s.”

Franklin Furnace: The Art of Performance Documentation
Martha Wilson
in person
Thursday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m., Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery, UMBC

Martha Wilson is an artist and the founding director of Franklin Furnace. Wilson’s own work in photography, performance, and video art explores female subjectivity through role-playing, costume transformations, and “invasions” of other people’s personas. She was also a member of DISBAND, an all-female performance group; it is in this context that she developed the character of Alexander M. Plague, Jr., one of several personas (both fictional and real; including that of Barbara Bush) that she has adopted over the years.


Hallwalls Archive: Golden Years

Carolyn Tenant, media arts director, Hallwalls; Tony Conrad, artist, professor, University of Buffalo Center for Advanced Media Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 1:30 p.m., Center for Advanced Media Studies, JHU

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.
We’re All VideoFreex!
Skip Blumberg, artist and Videofreex member; Tom Colley, collections manager, Video Data Bank
Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 4:00 p.m., National Gallery of Art
Skip Blumberg, Videofreex member and artist
Parry Teasdale, Videofreex co-founder and editor, The Columbia Paper
Tom Colley, collections manager, Video Data Bank

In the late 60s, the recording of image and sound with instantaneous playback signaled the dawn of a new media—video—that was more accessible and more discreet than film had ever been. With video cameras known as portapaks in hand, the co-founders of the Videofreex collective (1969-1978) were pioneers in the development of community television, founders of the country’s first pirate TV station, as well as mentors and instructors to countless individuals interested in making and sharing an open system of production. A selection of videos produced by the Freex and archived at Video Data Bank in Chicago features an interview with Fred Hampton of the Black Panthers, a discussion with organizer Abbey Hoffman, and excerpts from other early video recordings.



Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street
Jem Cohen in person
April 2014 TBD, UMBC
12 short observations about Occupy Wall Street (2011/2012), New York City.

“In regards to Occupy Wall Street, when friends asked me where the newsreels were, I decided to plunge in and make some myself. We knew there’d eventually be many documentaries made about the phenomenon and that there were already short advocacy pieces in support of the movement (as well as YouTube slams against it). My own interest lay elsewhere: in a kind of reporting based on direct observation that expresses solidarity without propaganda, while leaving room for experimentation and lyricism.” – J.C.

The Just Past
May 2014 TBD, UMBC

Final event in the series is a program of short videos including work by Redmond Entwistle, Gordon Matta-Clark, Elisabeth Subrin, Wendelien van Oldenborgh and others. Presented by Joanna Raczynska.

DSCN1272.JPG Joanna Raczynska is the Assistant Head of Film Programs in the Department of Film Programs at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. She earned her master’s degree in documentary by practice from Royal Holloway College, University of London in 2001. She first started making non-fiction films ands videos in 1996, while a student at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Her works have screened internationally and across the United States, most recently at ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany. She has previously worked for a variety of non-profit organizations including Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo, NY (where she served as Media Arts Director from 2002 – 2006), the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and the Baltimore Museum of Art.