Video art is about to get what may be its most serious and thorough treatment ever in North Texas. Beginning Saturday, the Video Association of Dallas, best known for putting on the annual Dallas Video Festival, hosts a five-week series of video programs, installations and performances at Conduit Gallery.
Curated by art critic Charles Dee Mitchell, multimedia artist Carolyn Sortor and VAD founder Bart Weiss, “The Program” opens at 5 p.m. with a reception, followed by the screening of a 90-minute video compilation. The work will stay up until it’s replaced by a new wave of video and installations each Saturday.
This week’s works include Drawing Restraint 13 by Matthew Barney; RMB City - A SecondLife City Planning by China Tracy by Cao Fei; online access to Serpentine’s website exhibition opening of RMB City; Torcito Project by Marcin Ramocki; New Monuments, Endnotes and Hoedown compilation by Tom Moody; and The Arrangement of Two Opposites While their Maximum Contact is Under Generation by Yves Netzhammer.
The night also includes a talk on Drawing Restraint 13 at 5:30 p.m., a live performance by Treewave at 8 and an after-party performance by Apples in Stereo at Sons of Hermann Hall at midnight (ticket required).
Free screenings also will be held at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth at 7 p.m. on Aug. 5 and 12. And the Dallas Museum of Art will host free screenings and a panel discussion at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 10.
More details from Carolyn Sortor's blog. Festival screenings (more accurately video installations in a multi-part exhibition she co-curated called "The Program," occurring over five weeks) also include work by my fellow Nasty Nets alums John Michael Boling & Javier Morales, Joel Holmberg, Guthrie Lonergan, Michael Bell-Smith, and Paul Slocum (performing with Treewave), plus Rick Silva, eteam, John Bock, Kristin Lucas, Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung, and other artists.
Above: detail of still from my video "New Monuments."
Update: Sortor mentions on her blog and I want to note here that one of the three vids I'm showing is "End Notes," which includes animated GIFs I made in collaboration with jimpunk.
Update 2: Photos of the opening.