Icelandic Art Center
Icelandic Art Center
02. 10 2014
SYMPOSIUM / MÁLÞING: Thinking Media: Talking Digital – Listasafn Íslands

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SYMPOSIUM / MÁLÞING: Thinking Media: Talking Digital
Nordic Digital Conversation (14.-15. okt 2014)
Vasulka Chamber

 


Vasulka-stofa, sem mun opna við hátíðlega athöfn í Listasafni Íslands þann 16. október í tilefni af 130 ára afmæli safnsins, efnir til alþjóðlegs málþings dagana 14.–15. október undir yfirskriftinni Thinking Media: Talking Digital. Hver dagur málþingsins er sniðinn að ólíkum þemum sem tengjast málefnum Vasulka-stofu og verkum Vasulka-hjónanna.

 

Fyrri hluti málþingsins, Nordic Digital Conversation – Preserving the Past and Presenting the Future fer fram þriðjudaginn 14. september frá kl. 16–19. Umræður og erindi fyrirlesara snúa að gagnasöfnun og varðveislu vídeó- og margmiðlunarverka á Norðurlöndunum. Fyrirlesarar málþingsins eru flestir frá lykilstofnunum innan sviðsins og munu þeir veita innsýn í rannsóknir sínar og faglegt starf. Gaby Wijers er forstöðumaður LIMA í Amsterdam; Per Platou og Ida Ghosh koma frá Videokunstarkivet í Ósló; Hanna Maria Attila er forstöðumaður AV-Arkki í Helsinki, Anna-Karin Larsson er forstöðumaður Filmform í Stokkhólmi og Kristín Scheving, deildarstjóri Vasulka-stofu.

 

Seinni hluti málþingsins verður helgaður verkum Steinu og Woodys Vasulka og fara umræðurnar fram miðvikudaginn 15. september frá kl. 16–19 undir yfirskriftinni Nordic Digital Conversation – The Vasulkas from the 1960s. Erindi taka á áhrifum, varðveislu og aðgengi að verkum Vasulka-hjónanna í alþjóðlegu samhengi. Þá munu þau Steina og Woody Vasulka kynna nýjustu verkefni sín auk þess sem kynnt verður heimildarmynd sem Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdóttir kvikmyndagerðarmaður er með í vinnslu. Fyrirlesarar eru Halldór Björn Runólfsson, safnstjóri Listasafns Íslands, Don Foresta, lista- og fræðimaður í nýjum miðlum, Jean Gagnon frá Cinémathèque Québécoise í Montreal og Tomas Ruller og Jennifer Helia DeFelice frá myndlistardeild The Technical University í Brno, Tékklandi.

 

Fundarstjóri er finnski listfræðingurinn og sýningarstjórinn Kati Kivinen. Málþingið fer fram á ensku og er öllum opið án endurgjalds. Dagskrá og frekari upplýsingar (á ensku) má nálgast hér að neðan.

 

Þann 16. október kl. 16, mun Illugi Gunnarsson, mennta- og menningarmálaráðherra opna Vasulka-stofu við hátíðlega athöfn í Listasafni Íslands í tilefni af 130 ára afmæli safnsins. Listamennirnir verða viðstaddir opnunina ásamt forseta Íslands, Ólafi Ragnari Grímssyni.
Allir velkomnir.

 

Nánari upplýsingar veitir Kristín Scheving, deildarstjóri Vasulka-stofu: kristin@listasafn.is

 

Þakkir fá Kulturkontakt Nord, Nordisk Kulturfond, Epli, Hótel Óðinsvé, Snaps og Bandaríska sendiráðið á Íslandi.

 

VASULKA STOFA

 

Vasulka-stofa er miðstöð fyrir margmiðlunarlist á Íslandi, með megináherslu á varðveislu, rannsóknir og kynningu á verka- og heimildasafni Steinu og Woodys Vasulka. Vasulka-stofa er sett á stofn í samstarfi Listasafns Íslands og Vasulka Inc. og er undirdeild Listasafns Íslands. Með stofnun Vasulka-stofu beinir Listasafn Íslands athygli að varðveislu vídeólistar sem hefur hingað til skort upp á að hugað sé vel að. Sem höfuðsafn á sviði myndlistar gegnir Listasafn Íslands lykilhlutverki í varðveislu íslenskrar myndlistar og á það ekki síður við um vídeóverk og margmiðlunarlist en þá list sem unnin er með hefðbundnari tækni.

 

Steina og Woody Vasulka eru brautryðjendur í vídeólist á heimsvísu og njóta sem slík ómældrar virðingar og viðurkenningar. Þau hafa verið búsett um árabil í Bandaríkjunum þótt bæði séu íslenskir ríkisborgarar. Steina [Steinunn Briem Bjarnadóttir (1940)] er fædd og uppalin í Reykjavík en sótti framhaldsnám í fiðluleik til Prag og dvaldist þar árin 1959 til 1965. Þar kynntist hún verðandi eiginmanni sínum, verkfræðingnum og kvikmyndagerðarmanninum Woody [Bohuslav] Vasulka (1937). Árið 1968 fékk Woody íslenskan ríkisborgararétt og ári síðar voru þau búin að koma sér fyrir í New York, þar sem þeirra beið að taka virkan þátt í þróun hinnar alþjóðlegu vídeóbyltingar sem þá var í burðarliðnum. Árið 1971 stofnuðu þau The Kitchen í Greenwich Village, á Manhattan, þekktustu og virtustu margmiðlunarmiðstöð veraldar. Vorið 1973 yfirgáfu Steina og Woody New York-borg og settust að í Buffalo, þar sem þau gegndu prófessorsstöðu við SUNY, fyrstu háskóladeild heims í praktískum margmiðlunarfræðum. Árið 1980 fluttu þau suður til Santa Fe í Nýju-Mexíkó, þar sem þau búa enn og starfa.

 

 

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SYMPOSIUM: Thinking Media: Talking Digital
Nordic Digital Conversation
Vasulka Chamber

 

On the occasion of the 130th anniversary of The National Gallery of Iceland, in collaboration with artists Steina and Woody Vasulka, we proudly launch Vasulka Chamber as a department within the National Gallery on October 16th 2014 at 4 pm. The Vasulka Chamber hosts a two day symposium under the title Thinking Media: Talking Digital – Nordic Digital Conversation on October 14th and 15th, with each day devoted to separate topics.

 

Nordic Digital Conversation: Part One – Preserving the Past and Presenting the Future (Tuesday September 14th, 4-7 pm) will include many of the key figures from the in video and multimedia art and devote special attention to preservation and archiving of the genre in the Nordic region. Speakers include Gaby Wijers, director of LIMA, Amsterdam; director Per Platou & manager Ida Ghosh of Videokunstarkivet, Oslo; Hanna Maria Attila, director of AV-arkki, Helsinki; and Anna Karin Larsson, director of Filmform, Stockholm.

 

Nordic Digital Conversation: Part Two – The Vasulkas from the 1960 (Wednesday September 15th, 4-7 pm) focuses on the life and work of Steina and Woody Vasulka, with a presentation from the artists themselves, as well as lectures from Halldór Björn Runólfsson, director of The National Gallery of Iceland; Jean Gagnon, director of preservation and access to collections, Cinémathèque Québécoise, Montréal; Don Foresta, research artist and theoretician in art and new technologies; Tomas Ruller and Jennifer Helia DeFelice from the Faculty of Fine Arts (FaVU), The Technical University at Brno and Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdóttir, filmmaker.

 

The symposium will be moderated by Helsinki-based art historian and curator Kati Kivinen. The program is free of charge and open to everyone. Lectures and discussions will take place in English.

 

On October 16th at 4 p.m., The Minister of Culture will open the Vasulka Chamber formally. Welcome!

 

For more information contact Kristín Scheving, Head of Vasulka Chamber, vasulka-chamber@listasafn.is
Contact: vasulka-chamber@listasafn.is

 

Supported by Kulturkontakt Nord and Nordisk Kulturfond
Epli, Hotel Odinsve, Snaps and The American Embassy in Iceland.

 

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Thinking Media: Talking Digital
SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM

 

Tuesday, October 14th, 4-7 pm.
Nordic Digital Conversation: Part One
Preserving the Past and Presenting the Future

 

16:00 – 16:15 Welcome note and introductions.
Halldór Björn Runólfsson, Dir. National Gallery of Iceland;
and Kristín Scheving, Head of Vasulka Chamber

 

16:15 – 16:45
Change and Challenges in Media Art Conservation
Gaby Wijers, Dir. LIMA, Amsterdam

 

16:45 – 17:15
The Making of a Video Art Archive
Per Platou, Director and Ida Ghosh, manager from Videokunstarkivet in Oslo.

 

17:15 – 17:30 Coffee break

 

17:30 – 18:00
AV-arkki: Archiving, Distribution and Promotion of Media Art Tied Together. Current status of media art archiving in Finland.
Hanna Maria Attila, Dir. AV-Arkki, Helsinki

 

18:00 – 18:30
Plans and Non-Strategies: Preservation of Swedish Video Art and Experimental Film as Cultural Heritage.
Anna Karin Larsson, Dir. Filmform, Stockholm

 

18:30 – 19:00
Panel discussions – Q&A. Moderator: Kati Kivinen

 

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Wednesday, October 15th, 4-7 pm.
Nordic Digital Conversation: Part Two
The Vasulkas from the 1960s

 

16:00 – 16:15
The Vasulka Effect
Halldór Björn Runólfsson, Dir. National Gallery of Iceland

 

16:15 – 16:45
Recent Works and Projects
Steina and Woody Vasulka

 

16:45 – 17:15
The Steina & Woody Vasulka Archives in Montreal (CA)
Jean Gagnon, Dir. of preservation and access to collections, Cinémathèque Québécoise, Montreal

 

17:15 – 17:30 Coffee break

 

17:30 – 18:00
Steina & Woody Vasulka and Artistic Research.
Don Foresta, research artist and theoretician in art and new technologies.

 

18:00 – 18:15
Multimedia Lab – Vasulka Kitchen, Brno:
Two Decades of Collaboration
Tomas Ruller and Jennifer Helia DeFelice
Faculty of Fine Arts (FaVU), The Technical University at Brno.

 

18:15 – 18:30
Violin, Video, Vasulka (documentary)
Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdóttir, filmmaker

 

18:30 – 19:00
Panel discussions – Q&A. Moderator: Kati Kivinen

 

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Thursday, October 16th, 4-6 pm.
Opening: Vasulka Chamber

 

Opening speech by Halldór Björn Runólfsson, Dir. National Gallery of Iceland. Minister of Culture, Mr. Illugi Gunnarsson formally opens the Vasulka Chamber at the National Gallery of Iceland. The President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson and the artists will be present.

 

Refreshments and events. Welcome!

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ABOUT: Steina and Woody Vasulka (IS/US/CZ)
Title of talk: Recent Works and Projects

 

Steina (Steinunn Briem Bjarnadóttir) was born in Reykjavík in 1940 and moved to Prague to study the violin from 1959 – 1965. There she met her husband-to-be, collaborator and filmmaker Woody (Bohuslav) Vasulka (b. 1937). They were married in 1964, at which time Woody Vasulka received Icelandic citizenship, and a year later they settled in New York, where they were to be actively involved in the development of the impending global video revolution. In 1971 they founded The Kitchen in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, the best-known and most respected multimedia center of the world. In the spring of 1973 Steina and Woody left New York City and settled in Buffalo, where they worked as professors at SUNY – the State University of New York in the world’s first university department of practical multimedia studies. In 1980 they moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where they have since lived and worked.

 

MODERATOR: Kati Kivinen (FI)

 

Helsinki-based art historian and curator Kati Kivinen has been working as curator for temporary exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art KIASMA since 2003. Before she has been working as coordinator for the Finnish Fund for Art Exchange FRAME. In July 2009 Kivinen was appointed Artistic Director of AV-arkki, the Distribution Centre for Finnish Media Art, for the year 2010.
Kivinen received her MA at the University of Helsinki in 2000 and her work as a freelance curator started in 1999. Her freelance projects include Don’t Worry – Be Curious!, the 4th Ars Baltica Triennial of Photographic Art (with Dorothee Bienert and Enrico Lunghi), 2007-2008; and Touching from a Distance at the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland, 2002. Kivinen is currently writing a doctoral dissertation in Art History at the University of Helsinki on the topic of Finnish video art installations, funded by Academy of Finland.
Kivinen is the vice president of the Finnish Society for Curators – SKY, and a member of the IKT – International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art since 2006.

 

SPEAKERS:

 

Hanna Maria Attila (FI)
Title of talk: AV-arkki: Archiving, Distribution and Promotion of Media Art Tied Together. Current Status of Media Art Archiving in Finland.

 

Hanna Maria Anttila is an artist and a producer specialized in contemporary and media art. She holds an MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki and School of Visual Arts, NYC. Since 2010 she has held position as director at AV-arkki: The Distribution Centre for Finnish Media Art. AV-arkki distributes and promotes Finnish media art to festivals, events, museums and galleries worldwide. AV-arkki has been a pioneering distributor since 1989 and has opened up opportunities for artists to get their works recognized internationally. The activities of AV-arkki have contributed to the success that Finnish media art enjoys today. These activities are unique in both Finland and the other Nordic countries.

 

Don Foresta (US/FR)
Title of talk: Steina & Woody Vasulka and Artistic Research

 

Don Foresta is a research artist and theoretician in art using new technologies as creative tools. He is a specialist in art and science, best known for his seminal work “Mondes Multiples” (1991). Foresta is a graduate of the University of Buffalo, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and holds a doctorate degree from the Sorbonne in Information Science. He was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, MIT (1981); director of the Media Art program of the American Center in Paris; and a commissioner to the 42nd Venice Biennale in 1986, where he built one of the first computer networks between artists. He lectures extensively throughout Europe and North America. Previously he was a Visiting Research Associate at the London School of Economics and a professor at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs and the École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts – Paris/Cergy. He is a dual citizen of the US and France and was named “Chevalier” of the Order of Arts and Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture.

 

Jean Gagnon (CA)
Title of talk: The Steina and Woody Vasulka Archives in Montreal (CA)

 

Jean Gagnon is currently director of preservation and access to collections at the Cinémathèque Québécoise, Montreal, Canada since 2010. He earned a Ph.D. in Études et pratiques des arts from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in 2014 with his thesis titled: Faire comme les musiciens. Le jeu instrumental dans les performances audiovisuelles. He continues independent activities as a curator and art critic and occasionally publishes in periodicals such as Art Journal; Artpress 2; esse arts + opinions; and ETC; as well as CV Photo, where he also serves as a board member.
Gagnon was the initiator and co-director of the DOCAM research alliance (Documentation and Conservation of the Media Arts Heritage) in 2005-2010, and founded the Centre for Research and Documentation (CR + D) of the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology and its program of Researcher in Residence (2002-2010). The Langlois Foundation’s collections and archives were given to the Cinémathèque québécoise in 2011. He produced Digital Snow, a digital resource and catalog about the entire oeuvre of Michael Snow. In 2007, he curated the exhibition e-art. Contemporary art and new technologies, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

 

Halldór Björn Runólfsson (IS)
Title of talk: The Vasulka Effect

 

Halldór Björn Runólfsson is an art historian, lecturer, curator and writer. He is the current Museum Director of the National Gallery of Iceland and was previously the director of the Department of Art History at the Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts. From 1989-1992 he was chief curator of the Nordic Art Centre in Sveaborg, Helsinki. Following his studies at the Icelandic School of Arts and Crafts he went to Toulouse and on to Paris where he studied at the Panthéon Sorbonne, achieving a DEA. His doctoral research focused on the works of Steina.

 

Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdóttir (IS)
Title of talk: Violin, Video, Vasulka (documentary)

 

Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdóttir, filmmaker and activist, has worked extensively in film and TV as both director and director of photography. She is currently working on a feature documentary about the Vasulkas Violin, Video, Vasulka (working title). Gunnarsdottir received a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute (1989) and resided in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 15 years. During those years, she had a base at Video Free America and worked on New American Makers with Skip Sweeny, John Sanborn’s Psychic Detective, Lynn Hershman’s Conceiving Ada, and Technolust, starring Tilda Swinton. Her documentary film projects include Alive in Limbo (ITVS) with Erica Marcus and Tina Naccache (Locarno Human Rights Special Mention and the Spirit Award, BIFF) and Senorita Extraviada by Lourdes Portillo (Special Documentary Jury Award, Sundance Film Festival). Since 2003, Hrafnhildur has lived and worked in Iceland, where she has produced and directed many documentaries and TV programs.

 

Kristín Scheving (IS)
Title of talk: Introduction to the Vasulka Chamber

 

Kristín Scheving is currently the head of the Vasulka Chamber, a department of video, digital and media art at the National Gallery of Iceland. Scheving founded 700IS Reindeerland: an International Experimental Art Festival in Iceland in 2005. She has worked as a project manager for the Nordic collaborative project Independent People for the Reykjavík Arts Festival, as well as for the Nordic House in Reykjavík, where she directed a large scale Nordic contemporary circus project entitled Volcano Circus. Scheving studied fine arts at École Supéreure des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg in France and holds a BA (hons) in Visual Art and an MA in Media Arts from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

 

Anna-Karin Larsson (SE)
Title of talk: Plans and Non Strategies: Preservation of Swedish Video Art and Experimental Film as Cultural Heritage.

 

Anna-Karin Larsson is the executive director at the Filmform Foundation, where she has worked since 2000, originally as a producer for short films. FILMFORM, founded in 1950, is the oldest existing organization in Sweden devoted to film and video art, and its collection of works dates from 1924 till today. Filmform plays an important role in disseminating expertise to museums, galleries, universities and festivals. Larsson has taken part in building up a distribution service at Filmform, as well as selecting new works for the reference collection and distribution. She as a background in stage art, dance and performance, but the latter part of her career has been devoted to leading projects concerning collecting and preserving older experimental film and early video art. She also works on developing national and international arts networks, including GAMA and DINAMO » Distribution Network of Artists’ Moving Image Organizations.

 

Per Platou and Ida Ghosh (NO)
Title of talk: The Making of a Video Art Archive

 

Per Platou is a curator and sound-based artist and the current director of Videokunstarkivet: Norwegian Video art archive, Oslo. He is also the director for PNEK (Production Network for Electronic Art, Norway).
Ida Lykken Ghosh is the manager of Videokunstarkivet, Norwegian Video art archive in Oslo. She has a photography degree from London College of Communication and has worked as producer, artistic consultant and administrator at several institutions and galleries in Oslo, including OCA – Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Gallery MGM and Fotogalleriet, where she produced the Lofoten International Art Festival in 2011.
Videokunstarkivet – The Video Art Archive – is a pilot project initiated by Arts Council Norway in 2011 and developed by PNEK in the period 2012-2015, after which the project will evolve into a permanent structure. The archive will comply with the highest artistic, archival, practical and technical requirements and follow international open-source standards.

 

Tomas Ruller (CZ) and Jennifer Helia DeFelice (US)
Title of talk: Multimedia Lab – Vasulka Kitchen, Brno: Two Decades of Collaboration

 

Tomas Ruller, born in Brno, Czech Republic, received an MFA in sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague in 1982 and achieved status of Professor of Fine Art in 2004. Ruller has worked in media & performance art since the 1970s and as a practicing artist his works have been exhibited worldwide, as well as appearing in books, e.g. Performance: Live Art Since 1960 by RoseLee Goldberg published by Thames & Hudson, 2001. Ruller became co-founder of Faculty of Fine Arts (FaVU), The Technical University at Brno in 1992 and in 1993 he founded, in collaboration with the Vasulkas, the department of Video-multimedia-performance which includes an archive and Multimedia Lab.
Jennifer Helia DeFelice is an assistant to Tomas Ruller. She is a doctoral candidate at Faculty of Fine Arts (FaVU), The Technical University at Brno. The theme of her thesis is Scores and the Mediation of Experience through Performance.
Inspired by the establishment of the Vasulka Chamber, the Faculty of Fine Art, Brno University of Technology is working towards developing a long-term mutual platform in cooperation with the National Gallery of Iceland, for the sharing of multimedia art work titled The VASULKA-Bridge.

 

Gaby Wijers (NL)
Title of talk: Change and Challenges in Media Art Conservation

 

Gaby Wijers has a background in library science, informatics and theater and is the current director of LIMA – an international platform for sustainable access to media art. She served previously as the coordinator of collection and preservation at the Netherlands Media Art Institute (NIMk), Amsterdam. She has participated in various projects dealing with the documentation and preservation of media art, including Inside Installations, GAMA, Inside Movement Knowledge, Obsolete Equipment, and Digitizing Contemporary Art.
LIMA acts as distributor (collection Montevideo and more) in addition to its conservation and research activities. This way LIMA maintains close contact with the practice. LIMA offers digitization services to museums, galleries and artists, and has a fully functioning digital repository for the storage of digital art. A major part of the Netherlands’ digital collection is preserved here for future presentation. LIMA aims to translate media art to the current time and technology, to new forms and meaning.

 

ABOUT: Vasulka Chamber

 

Vasulka Chamber is an international research project initiated by the National Gallery of Iceland and VASULKA Inc. Regarded as a long-term project, it includes the archive of the Vasulkas and will serve to coordinate and facilitate further research on media art. In particular, it is intended to preserve and mediate Icelandic art that relates to video, digital and multimedia art, just as the National Gallery is devoted to the preservation of art in non-electronic media. An important part of this preservation process involves rescuing video works from damage and preserving techniques and tools that have been replaced by different technologies and devices. One of the most important tasks before the Vasulka Chamber is the digitization of a vast range of analogue multimedia works by Icelandic artists for future access. The Vasulka Chamber is designed to be a hub for video, digital, audio and multimedia art in Iceland, with a primary focus on the video and media art of the Vasulkas.