Video Art Conference, Sydney

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M.C.A. said 14 years ago


Thursday 23 October, 6.30 – 8.00pm and Friday 24 October, 10.00am – 5.00pm

This conference provides a narrative to the development of Australian artists working with video.

Join significant art practitioners, theorists and critics to examine histories and speculate what the future holds for video art. Disappearing Video includes an evening screening of key video works and a critical conference day program.

Media based works have recently achieved an unprecedented level of visibility in contemporary art. Yet what may be learned from the different ways artists have worked with the video medium since the 1960s? And how should video art be collected, distributed and circulated in the public and private arenas?

Video practices have shifted with the ascendancy of participatory media and culture. With the approaches of “Web 2.0”, open source and Creative Commons, and various platforms including YouTube, Wikipedia and Joost, are there new opportunities for artists and audiences to critically engage with the complex ideas, voices and histories? Or are these new networked, distributed modes a threat to the market value of unique or Limited Edition videos? Has video joined the mainstream, or will the medium cling to outmoded methods of production and distribution in an effort to maintain critical purity?

Disappearing Video draws a range of different perspectives to tackle these questions in a series of informative and provocative presentations.


Australian Video Art: Some Key Works
Screening Thursday 23 October, 6.30 – 8.00pm

Friday 24 October, 10.00am – 5.00pm


Stephen Jones: The disassembly of video art
Danni Zuvela: Forgetting and Remembering: Australian Experimental Video
John Conomos: Between Celluloid, Plasma and Neon
Lousie Curham: Media Art Archaeology – making good archives and the problems of re-presentation
Lyndal Jones: Propositions for an Uncertain future
Andrew Frost: Now To The Future

Facilitated by John Gillies and Ross Harley