Feb 2–Mar 25, 2018

Broadcasting: EAI at ICA

Electronic Arts Intermix logo. Designer: Chermayeff & Geismar

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. 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).

The content of the current exhibitions may not be suitable for all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.

A live recording of Broadcasting’s first program installment, Broadcasting: Means of Production with Antoine Catala and Tony Cokes, is now available to view online.

February 17 – March 25, 2018

Simultaneously on view at Slought (4017 Walnut St) is an extension of Broadcasting: EAI at ICA. Broadcasting: Guerrilla Media is an exhibition exploring activist strategies undertaken by media collectives such as TVTV, Video Venice News, Squat Theatre, and Paper Tiger TV.
Nam June PaikDara BirnbaumTony CokesUlysses JenkinsJODIShigeko KubotaKristin LucasShana MoultonTrevor ShimizuBeth BPhilip Mallory JonesTom KalinVictor Masayesva, Jr.Bruce YonemotoNorman YonemotoRobert Beck/BuckEAI_Install_2EAI_Install_3EAI_install_4EAI_install_5

Broadcasting: Means of Production with Antoine Catala and Tony CokesBroadcasting: Transmission with Ulysses Jenkins and Sondra PerryBroadcasting: Alternative TelevisionBroadcasting: Variety Show Special

Featured Works
Installation Views
Wed, Feb 28, 2018, 7PM
Broadcasting: Variety Show Special
Fri, Mar 2, 2018, 7PM
Broadcasting: Alternative Television
Books & Editions
Ulysses Jenkins: <em>Without Your Interpretation</em> book cover

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Ulysses Jenkins: Without Your Interpretation is the first major retrospective devoted to the groundbreaking West Coast video artist Ulysses Jenkins (b. 1946, Los Angeles; lives in Los Angeles.) Jenkins’s body of work, which spans from the 1970s to the present, 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 artists’ 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 how white supremacy is embedded in popular culture.

Beginning as a painter and muralist, Jenkins was introduced to video just as the first consumer cameras were made available to individuals, and he quickly seized upon the television technology as a means to broadcast alternative and critical depictions of multiculturalism—citing the catalyst of Melvin Van Peebles’s Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971) and its call to Black filmmakers to control their subject-hood by controlling the media depicting them. Adopting the role of a “video griot,” Jenkins draws upon the inspiration of oral traditions in videos that are often structured around music and poetic recitation, as well as dynamic performances.

This fully illustrated catalog—the first dedicated to Jenkin’s oeuvre—features an extensive portion of Jenkins archive, early documentary films, photographs, and ephemera as well as the video art from the past 45 years. Presenting scholarly essays, a roundtable discussion, and reflections from collaborators, historians, and artists, this publication provides an comprehensive view of Jenkins’ diverse career.

7 x 10 inches
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
ISBN 978-0-88454-155-4
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Foreword by Zoë Ryan. Texts by Aria Dean, Kellie Jones, Erin Christovale, Meg Onli, and Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi. Reflections by Maren Hassinger, Senga Nengudi, Cauleen Smith, David Hammons, and The Charles White Archives
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Foreword by Zoë Ryan. Texts by Aria Dean, Kellie Jones, Erin Christovale, Meg Onli, and Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi. Reflections by Maren Hassinger, Senga Nengudi, Cauleen Smith, David Hammons, and The Charles White Archives