February 2–March 25, 2018

Broadcasting: EAI at ICA

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Broadcasting: EAI at ICA brings together an intergenerational group of artists whose time-based artworks are produced in concert with their means of circulation, from the democratic platform of public access television to the instantaneity of social media. Founded in 1971, EAI was one of the first nonprofit organizations dedicated to the advocacy for and development of video as an art form, providing a crucial space of production and distribution for figures such as Nam June Paik and Joan Jonas. Drawing on EAI’s extraordinary archive, and building upon ICA’s history of engagement with media art, Broadcasting will foster a dialogue between early innovators and contemporary practitioners through an installation, screenings, and series of live events. Featuring works by artists including Robert Beck, Tony Cokes, Ulysses Jenkins, JODI, Shigeko Kubota, Kristin Lucas, and TVTV the exhibition will focus on how artists exploit the act of “broadcast” as a subject, as a means of intervention, and as a form of participation across a variety of displays. The temporal nature of broadcast television will be emphasized within the gallery, which will double as a participatory event space for public discussions to be transmitted online and via cable access during the run of the exhibition. The physical walls of the gallery will also be transcended by a series of outside collaborations with Lightbox Film Center, PhillyCAM, Scribe, and Slought. A catalogue for Broadcasting: EAI at ICA will be produced upon the conclusion of the exhibition.

This exhibition is co-organized by ICA’s Dorothy & Stephen R. Weber (CHE’60) Curator Alex Klein and Rebecca Cleman, Director of Distribution, Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI).

Related Programs:

Broadcasting: Means of Production
Wednesday, February 7
ICA Galleries

This conversation will focus on how media artists approach the production and distribution of their work, which requires access to technology tools ranging from consumer software and hardware to high-end commercial facilities and platforms.

Broadcasting: Variety Show Special
Wednesday, February 28
Lightbox Film Center, International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

Extending the exhibition beyond the walls of the gallery, a screening at Lightbox will consider the legacy of television personality Ernie Kovacs (whose first appearances were on NBC’s Philadelphia affiliate) within a larger context of artists making work for or about broadcast from performative interventions to critiques of representation within mass media.

Broadcasting: Alternative Television
Friday, March 2
PhillyCAM Studios, 699 Ranstead Street, Philadelphia

Join us this awards season for a First Friday Live Culture event that revisits the satirical documentary TVTV Looks at the Oscars (1976) by the guerrilla television collective TVTV, featuring Lily Tomlin, among other Hollywood notables.

Broadcasting: Transmission
Wednesday, March 21
ICA Galleries

In our final conversation of the series we will consider various technologies of transmission not just as a mode of viewership, but as a tool of communication.

*Please note that most events will be recorded for broadcast.

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