It is no coincidence that performance art is in revival--the proliferation of cameras in public has turned every action into a performance. But the story produced by the photograph is never as simple as it appears. Visual artist Jeremiah Barber will discuss his unique history of documenting actions in film, video, and disposable media, focusing on the ways in which documentation can manipulate one's experience, and how experience can overwhelm the document.
Jeremiah Barber is a visual artist based in San Francisco, California. He completed an MFA in Art Practice at Stanford University and a BFA at Columbia College, Chicago. A former member of Marina Abramovic's Independent Performance Group, his work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Chicago Cultural Center. This summer he completed a residency at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, and is a recent recipient of a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Working in public spaces at times for an audience of none, his work explores themes of toil, transcendence and the illusive human spirit.
Given the rapid evolution of technology, the blurring of boundaries between professional and amateur image makers, and the reality that everyone now is a producer and a consumer of content -- what's a film, video, and new media artist to do? One strategy artists use is to return to obsolete technologies as a way to slow down time and to reflect on both the past and the current media landscape. Ellen Lake will be talking about her current project combining old and new media, specifically using vintage home movies from the 1930s/40s alongside cell phone and digital media today. This work continues investigations by artists who look, listen, push boundaries, and explore perceptions of time.
Ellen Lake received her MFA from Mills College in Oakland, California in 2002, where she studied sculpture, film & video, and installation. She is currently a visiting artist at Stanford’s Experimental Media Arts Lab. She is a recipient of a 2009 Sarah Jacobson Film Grant and 2005/2006 Bay Area Video Coalition’s Mediamaker Award. Work from her latest series combining vintage home movies with cell phone and digital media today has shown at the Walker Art Center, Exit Art, Multiplexer Space, Disposable Film Festival, Pocket Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, and Cologne International Videoart Festival.