40 Years of Video Art

Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) celebrates its 40th anniversary with a special project for Times Square. In partnership with the Times Square Alliance and MTV, EAI brings artists' visions to the MTV 44½ LED Screen. Marking EAI's 40 years of support for moving image art, EAI in Times Square celebrates video art's rich history of creative intervention in one of the world's most dynamic media landscapes.


April 13 - 19, 2011
Noon - 4pm and 6pm - 11pm
at the top of every hour

Saturday, April 16 & Sunday, April 17
Full program also plays at noon

MTV 44 ½ Screen
Times Square
Broadway between
44th and 45th Streets
New York, NY 10036

EAI partners with the Times Square Alliance and MTV to present artists' video in the astonishing visual landscape of Times Square. From April 13 to 19, EAI will highlight the remarkable creative media interventions of artists on a spectacular scale. Works by Vito Acconci, Dan Asher, Phyllis Baldino, Dara Birnbaum, Gary Hill, Shigeko Kubota, Takeshi Murata, Nam June Paik, Martha Rosler, Stuart Sherman and William Wegman will be seen daily on MTV 44½'s large-format LED screen.

Drawn from EAI's archive, one of the world's leading resources for media art, the videos will play at the top of each hour, between noon and 4pm and between 6pm and 11pm. On Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17 the complete program (25:16 min) will also play at noon.

Spanning the 1960s to 2011, the works range from bold animations and visual poems to witty performances and vibrant electronic experiments. Nam June Paik's rarely seen Hand and Face (1961) is one of his earliest media works; Dara Birnbaum's 30-second Artbreak was commissioned for broadcast by MTV in 1987. Shigeko Kubota brings a profusion of electronic cherry blossoms to the heart of Times Square, while Martha Rosler eyes domestic labor in a suburban backyard. William Wegman's dogs perform a timeless duet.

Each day's program will begin with Takeshi Murata's EAI 40th Anniversary Intro (2011). Linking video art's history to the digital present, this piece was specially commissioned by EAI for its 40th Anniversary programming. Murata's video can also be viewed online here.

Much as early video artists sought to "slow down" television and "talk back" to the media, these creative interjections will challenge viewers to reconsider their visual expectations of Times Square and experience it in new ways. Encountered on MTV's large-scale LED screen, these visions will engage the public not just as consumers, but also as active viewers.

Program Schedule

Noon   Takeshi Murata, EAI 40th Anniversary Intro (2011, 1:05 min)
1 pm    Shigeko Kubota, Rock Video: Cherry Blossom (1986, 3 min)
2 pm    William Wegman, Dog Duet (1975, 2:37 min)
3 pm    Martha Rosler, Backyard Economy I (1974, 3:20 min)
4 pm    Stuart Sherman, Chess (1982, 30 sec)

6 pm    Dara Birnbaum, Artbreak, MTV Networks, Inc. (1987, 30 sec)
7 pm    Vito Acconci, Three Frame Studies: Push (1969-1970, 2:59 min)
8 pm    Nam June Paik, Hand and Face (1961, 1:25 min)
9 pm    Phyllis Baldino, Suitcase/Not Suitcase (1993, 36 sec)
10 pm   Gary Hill, Objects With Destinations (1979, 3:41 min)
11 pm   Dan Asher, Artificial Illuminations: Calligraphic (1997, 55 sec)


EAI in Times Square is part of an ongoing series of events and projects marking EAI's 40th anniversary year. For more information about upcoming and past programs in this series, please click here.


About the Times Square Alliance

Times Square Arts presents temporary cutting-edge art and performances in multiple forms and media to the 360,000 to 500,000 daily visitors to New York City's Times Square, making it one of the highest profile public arts programs in the United States. Since its inception three years ago, Times Square Arts has featured works by a diverse group of more than four dozen prominent and emerging artists. The Times Square Public Art Program is made possible in part by the NYC Cultural Innovation Fund of the Rockefeller Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. www.TimesSquareNYC.org/arts


About MTV 44½

A standout among the large electronic displays in Times Square, MTV 44½ captures the eyes of viewers with unique programming, live tapings, special events, concerts, and MTV-branded creative that breaks through the clutter in Times Square. www.mtv445.com


EAI: Celebrating 40 Years

Founded in 1971, Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) is one of the world's leading nonprofit resources for video art. A pioneering advocate for media art and artists, EAI fosters the creation, exhibition, distribution and preservation of video art and digital art. EAI's core program is the distribution and preservation of a major collection of over 3,500 new and historical media works by artists. EAI's activities include viewing access, educational services, extensive online resources, and public programs such as artists' talks, exhibitions and panels. The Online Catalogue is a comprehensive resource on the artists and works in the EAI collection, and also features extensive materials on exhibiting, collecting and preserving media art: www.eai.org

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This project was made possible by the generosity and support of MTV 44½. The Times Square Alliance and EAI thank MTV 44½ for their ongoing support of the arts.