Public Programs

Celebrating 40 Years: 40th-Anniversary Events & Projects

EAI celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2011. Throughout the year we launched a series of special projects and events that reflected on this rich 40-year history and activated the future.

CIRCA 1971: Early Video & Film from the EAI Archive at Dia:Beacon

Riggio Galleries
3 Beekman Street Beacon, NY 12508
September 17, 2011 - September 4, 2012

Dia Art Foundation presents Circa 1971: Early Video & Film from the EAI Archive at Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries. Circa 1971 brings together 20 moving image works from EAI's collection of over 3,500 media artworks. Celebrating EAI's 40th anniversary, the exhibition was organized by guest curator Lori Zippay, Executive Director of EAI.

Circa 1971 includes pieces by Vito Acconci, Eleanor Antin, Ant Farm, John Baldessari, Lynda Benglis, Shirley Clarke, Dan Graham, Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson, Joan Jonas, Gordon Matta-Clark, Nam June Paik, Raindance, Anthony Ramos, Carolee Schneemann, TVTV, Steina and Woody Vasulka, and others.

Taking the year of EAI's founding as its point of departure, the exhibition sets in dialogue a series of diverse works created in and around 1971, which are linked by alternative artistic and activist impulses. Circa 1971 exposes the generative encounters among these artists and influences and initiates unexpected correspondences between seemingly disparate works.

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EAI 40th Anniversary Benefit

Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)
535 W 22nd Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10011
Thursday, December 15th, 2011
7 - 10 pm
8 - 8:30pm: Performance and Video Program

EAI's 40th Anniversary Benefit included a not-to-be-missed program featuring special live performances by Joan Jonas, Shana moulton, Carolee Schneemann and Michael Smith; video pieces by artists including Charles Atles, Dara Birnbaum, Takeshi Murata, Bruce Nauman and Seth Price, among others; and music selected by Dan Graham.

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The High Line above West 22nd St.
Nearest entrances at:
West 23rd St. and 10th Ave.
West 20th St. and 10th Ave.
New York, NY 10011

EAI is pleased to collaborate with High Line Art, a program of Friends of the High Line, to present Gordon Matta-Clark's 1976 City Slivers on the High Line, New York City's acclaimed elevated public park. The presentation of Matta-Clark's City Slivers, which is part of EAI's 40th anniversary programming, will launch High Line Channel, a new outdoor video program featuring daily screenings. City Slivers was originally created by Matta-Clark for projection on the exterior fa├žade of the Municipal Building in Lower Manhattan. The piece is an ode to New York City's landscape and a dynamic formal investigation of the city's urban architecture.

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EAI 40th Anniversary Intro
Takeshi Murata
2011, 1:04 min, color, sound

EAI commissioned artist Takeshi Murata to create a special introductory piece for EAI's 40th anniversary programming, which will take place throughout 2011. Murata's creation is a stunning homage to forty years of experimentation by artists. With his intricate and lush interventions into archival footage from the 1960s and '70s (including glimpses of EAI founder Howard Wise), Murata initiates a vivid dialogue between the analog past and the digital now.

Murata's 40th Anniversary intro for EAI, which features sound by Robert Beatty, can currently be viewed here: View Video

EAI @ The NY Art Book Fair: 40 Artists/40 Works/40 Years

The NY Art Book Fair 2011
22-25 Jackson Ave at the intersection of 46th Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
September 29 - October 2, 2011

Celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2011, EAI presented a special screening program at the NY Art Book Fair. Forty short videos and films by forty artists, one work for every year between 1971 and 2011, were screened, all drawn from EAI's extensive archive of media-based art. 40 Artists/40 Works/40 Years began with iconic early works by artists such as Joan Jonas, John Baldessari, the Vasulkas and Charlotte Moorman and concluded in the 2000s with pieces by artists including Cory Arcangel, Shana Moulton, Seth Price, and Takeshi Murata: a time-lapse portrait of moving-image art evolving across four decades. 40 Artists/40 Works/40 Years screened continuously during the fair in MoMA PS1's basement video vault.

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LIGHTS IN MOTION: Rare Film & Video Materials
from the Howard Wise Gallery

Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)
535 West 22nd Street, 5th floor
New York, NY 10011
Wednesday, August 17th, 2011, Noon - 7pm

On the 40th anniversary of EAI's incorporation on August 17, 1971, EAI paid tribute to founder Howard Wise and the Howard Wise Gallery with a special screening of rare and never-before-screened archival materials, including films of kinetic art works, interviews, and documentation of the landmark 1969 exhibition TV as a Creative Medium.

Howard Wise was an innovative art dealer and a visionary supporter of video art. From 1960 to 1970, the Howard Wise Gallery on 57th Street in New York was a locus for kinetic art and multimedia works that explored the nexus of art and technology. The program included film documentation of kinetic artworks in the gallery, interviews with Wise on the founding of EAI, Jud Yalkut's rarely seen 16mm film documentation of TV as a Creative Medium, footage of Charlotte Moorman performing at the gallery, and more.

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Performative Screening

Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)
535 West 22nd Street, 5th floor
New York, NY 10011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 6:30 pm

EAI presented a performative screening with artist Trisha Baga, an artist whose work blurs the line between video and performance. Interested in the inherent qualities and meanings of ordinary objects and occurrences, Baga uses performance to open up a phenomenological space for facing the "common things" that surround us. At EAI, Baga placed her video works-along with photos, raw footage, performance elements and super-8 home movies shot by her parents-in screensaver software that randomly selected clips to be screened. Interested in the screensaver as a device for creating narrative and generating the appearance of order, Baga allowed the software to curate her presentation. Taking her cues from the projected images, she responded through performance.

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Video in a New Decade

Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)
535 West 22nd Street, 5th floor
New York, NY 10011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011, 6:30 pm

EAI looked to the future with a special summer screening featuring a group of young artists who are redefining the use of video in contemporary art at the beginning of the century's second decade. Produced in the last two years, the works in Future Formats offered a glimpse of where artists may take the medium in the coming decade as they harness new technologies and consider their complex implications. The program included works by Uri Aran, A.K. Burns, Sean Monahan and Greg Fong, Andrew Lampert, Shana Moulton, Takeshi Murata, Ryan Trecartin, Leilah Weinraub, Yemenwed, and Hennessy Youngman.

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Screening and Conversation

Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)
535 West 22nd Street, 5th floor
New York, NY 10011
Tuesday, May 31, 2011, 6:30 pm

Please join EAI for a special evening with artist and filmmaker Andrew Lampert, including a screening with performative elements and a conversation between Lampert and musician/writer Alan Licht. Andrew Lampert Presents: Andy Lampert is part of EAI's ongoing 40th anniversary programming. Celebrating video's rich history across the last four decades and its vitality today, EAI now looks to the future with a series of projects featuring young artists whose works are redefining the use of the moving image in contemporary art. Lampert's media works defy strict categorization as films or videos. At EAI, Lampert projected Super-8 films and also presented works on video. Taking on the role of projectionist, he orchestrated the screening, providing introductions and commentary with performative elements. His projects are unified in their emphasis on the frame around the edges of narrative—the genres and clichés in which he cloaks on-screen action, the happy accidents during production, and the unexpected events during a screening that shape the audience's response and foreground human activity in the cinematic context.

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40 Years of Video Art

April 13 - 19, 2011
Noon - 4pm and 6pm - 11pm
at the top of every hour
Saturday, April 16 & Sunday, April 17
Full program played at noon

MTV 44 1/2 Screen
Times Square
Broadway between 44th and 45th Streets
New York, NY 10036

Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) celebrated its 40th anniversary with a special project for Times Square. In partnership with the Times Square Alliance and MTV, EAI brought artists' visions to the MTV 44 1/2 LED Screen. Marking EAI's 40 years of support for moving image art, EAI in Times Square celebrated video art's rich history of creative intervention in one of the world's most dynamic media landscapes.

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Charlemagne Palestine: Running Outburst
Screening and Conversation with Jay Sanders

Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)
535 West 22nd Street, 5th floor
New York, NY 10011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 6:30 pm

EAI presented a screening and conversation with internationally celebrated sound and performance artist Charlemagne Palestine. In a rare New York appearance, Palestine, who lives and works in Brussels, screened a selection of his video works, including Body Music I/Body Music II (1973-74), Running Outburst (1975), You Should Never Forget the Jungle (1975), and Ritual in the Emptiness (2001). New York-based curator and writer Jay Sanders joined Palestine in conversation to discuss Palestine's inimitable approach to performance, video, and sound.

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Dara Birnbaum: Before Wonder Woman
Early Performance Video

Screening and Conversation with Lori Zippay

Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)
535 West 22nd Street, 5th floor
New York, NY 10011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 6:30 pm

EAI presented a screening and conversation with pioneering video artist Dara Birnbaum, whose provocative analyses of television and mass culture have been highly influential. Marking the publication of a major new book, Dara Birnbaum: The Dark Matter of Media Light, Birnbaum screened and spoke about her earliest videos, which preceded and informed her well-known single-channel works—including the classic Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman—of the late 1970s and '80s. Rarely screened in public, these remarkable works, which were restored by EAI, were presented together for the first time in New York at EAI.

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EAI Armory Week Program @ Artprojx Cinema

Wednesday, March 2, 2011, 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
Sunday, March 6, 2011, 4:05 pm - 5:05 pm
The SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street
(between 8th & 9th Avenues)
New York, NY 10011

EAI celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2011 with a year of special programming. For Artprojx Cinema, EAI presented a screening program featuring some of the newest additions to its extensive collection of artists' video. Spanning five decades of rigorous artistic practice and groundbreaking experimentation, EAI's vast archive of media art continues to grow each year, embracing both important historical works and adventurous new works by young artists. The hour-long program featured works newly added to the EAI archive by a multi-generational group of artists including Jaime Davidovich, Andrew Lampert, Kristin Lucas, Cynthia Maughan, Takeshi Murata and Martha Rosler.

Artprojx Cinema is a new collaborative venture with The Armory Show and VOLTA NY, a screening program of over 80 artists' films and videos from over 40 galleries participating at the fairs and leading international public arts organizations and curators.

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Lawrence Weiner: Altered To Suit
Screening and Artist Talk

Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)
535 West 22nd Street, 5th floor
New York, NY 10011
Thursday, February 24, 2011, 6:30 pm

EAI presented a screening and talk with Lawrence Weiner, recognized internationally as a key figure in conceptual art. Weiner introduced and screened what has been described as his "rock and roll movie," the sensuous black-and-white film Altered To Suit (1979, 23 min), recently restored by EAI. The screening also featured three of Weiner's animated videos: Inherent In The Rhumb Line (2005, 7:25 min), Turning Some Pages (2007, 5 min), and his most recent video, Gyroscopically Speaking (2010, 5 min).

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Kinetic Histories:
A Brief Tour Through Five Decades in Ten Works

February 4 - April 4, 2011
Gijon, Spain

EAI's 40th anniversary provided a framework for reflections on the multiple histories, artistic practices, and cultural contexts that have informed media art in the U.S. The exhibition Kinetic Histories featured ten single-channel video works from five decades. Rather than a survey, Kinetic Histories can be seen as a discursive tour through some of the creative interventions and uncanny visions that have defined artists' video and digital media. Two works from each decade—from the 1960s to the 2000s—were set in dialogue with one another. From the analog improvisations of the '60s to the digital remixes of the 2000s, these divergent works captured the eclectic cultural, technological and artistic landscapes from which they emerged, and activated an exchange in and across time. Works by Dara Birnbaum, Harry Dodge & Stanya Kahn, Joan Jonas, Kristin Lucas, Takeshi Murata, Bruce Nauman, Nam June Paik, Raindance, Pipilotti Rist, Leslie Thornton.

Martha Rosler: Kitchen Theatre
Artist Talk, Screening and Premiere of New Work

Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)
535 West 22nd Street, 5th floor
New York, NY 10011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 6:30 pm

EAI inaugurated its 40th-anniversary public programs with Martha Rosler: Kitchen Theatre, a special event with Martha Rosler, featuring the artist's "kitchen videos." One of contemporary art's most important and incisive cultural critics, Rosler has frequently turned her keen analytical eye, her camera lens, and her sharp deadpan humor on the kitchen. At EAI, Rosler premiered her most recent work, Semiotics of the Kitchen: An Audition (2011, 10:26 min), alongside three of her landmark videos from the 1970s: A budding gourmet (1974, 17:45 min), Semiotics of the Kitchen (1975, 6:09 min), and The East Is Red, The West Is Bending (1977, 19:57 min). Rosler introduced and discussed each of the works.

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New Online Projects & Resources: "Video Feature" Launch

EAI greeted 2011 with the launch of several major new online features and resources. EAI's redesigned home page highlights our new Video Feature, where one can view a changing selection of full-length videos and excerpts of works in the EAI collection. (Takeshi Murata's 40th Anniversary piece for EAI is currently on view.) The Video Feature is the first of the enriched digital content that will be added to the EAI site over the course of the year.

EAI's High-Definition (HD) Video Guide

In 2011 EAI launched our new High-Definition (HD) Video Guide, a unique resource that provides user-friendly information about the implications of HD video on the exhibition, collection and preservation of artists' media works. This addendum to EAI's Online Resource Guide explains HD technology and its implications for artists, curators, conservators, registrars, art historians and educators.

Visit EAI's High-Definition (HD) Video Guide