Mar 28, 2018, 6:30PM

Broadcasting: Transmission with Ulysses Jenkins and Sondra Perry


This event which was previously scheduled for Wednesday, March 21, has been rescheduled to this evening.

This conversation, presented as part of the exhibition Broadcasting: EAI at ICA, will consider various technologies of transmission not just as a mode of viewership, but as a tool of communication. Artists Ulysses Jenkins and Sondra Perry will join co-curators of Broadcasting: EAI at ICA, Alex Klein and Rebecca Cleman, for the final conversation in the Broadcasting series.

Ulysses Jenkins is a visual artist who has consistently interrogated questions of race and gender as they relate to ritual, history, and the power of the state. From his work with Video Venice News, a Los Angeles media collective he founded in the early 1970s, to his involvement with the artist group Studio Z (alongside figures such as David Hammons, Senga Nengudi, and Maren Hassinger), to his individual video and performance works, Jenkins explicitly comments on the racism embedded in popular culture and its effects on subjectivity. Group exhibitions include Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960–1980, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2011, traveling); VideoStudio: Playback, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2011); Sympathetic Magic: Video Myths and Rituals, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA (2011); California Video, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (2008); Cross Sections, 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA (2007), among others. He lives in Los Angeles and is Associate Professor of Studio Art and an affiliate professor in the African American Studies program at the University of California, Irvine.

Sondra Perry is an artist who investigates digital technology and black identity through video and installation, with an emphasis on how subjectivity is abstracted and manipulated in an era of image making technology. Her work examines personal family narratives and communal identity and interpolates Internet culture and digital gaming to examine media representation of black identity. She will exhibit solo exhibitions at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London and Bridget Donahue in New York (2018), as well as Eclogue for [In]habitability at the Seattle Art Museum (2017); Resident Evil at The Kitchen, NY (2016) and Some Type of Way at the Institute for New Connotative Action, Seattle (2015). Group exhibitions include We Just Fit, You and I at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Cambridge (2017); Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon, the New Museum, New York (2017). She has also exhibited as part ofMyths of the Marble, Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia (2017); A Constellation, Studio Museum, New York (2016); and Greater New York at MoMA PS1 (2015). She holds a BFA from Alfred University and an MFA from Columbia University and lives and works in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.

This event is free and open to the public; register here.

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, Electronic Arts Intermix (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.