Barbara London: Video/Art and its Evolution


Converge Lecture Series Presents:
Barbara London and Lisa Steele In Conversation: Video/Art and its Evolution

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Room 307
Ryerson University, School of Image Arts
122 Bond St, Toronto

Converge Lecture Series is pleased to present Barbara London and Lisa Steele In Conversation: Video/Art and its Evolution. Co-sponsored by Vtape and InterAccess, Converge will be hosting New York-based curator and writer Barbara London and acclaimed video art pioneer Lisa Steele, in conversation on March 11, 2020. For this event we are proud to be partnering with two major centres of experimental media art in Toronto: Vtape, founded in 1980, a centre of contemporary and historical video art and media works, and InterAccess, founded in 1983, a non-profit gallery, educational facility, production studio, and festival dedicated to emerging practices in art and technology.

The discussion will be followed by a reception where Ms. London will be signing copies of her new book, available for sale: Video Art/The First Fifty Years.

All lectures are open to the public, accessible to all bodies, welcoming to all faiths and backgrounds and 100% free!

Barbara London is a New York-based curator and writer, who founded the video-media exhibition and collection programs at The Museum of Modern Art, where she worked between 1973 and 2013. Her current projects include the book Video Art/The First Fifty Years (Phaidon: 2020), and the exhibition Seeing Sound (Independent Curators International, (2020-2024.)

London organized one-person shows with such media mavericks as Laurie Anderson, Peter Campus, Teiji Furuhashi, Gary Hill, Joan Jonas, Barbara Steinman, Shigeko Kubota, Nam June Paik, Song Dong, Steina Vasulka, Bill Viola, and Zhang Peili. Her thematic exhibitions at MoMA included Soundings: A Contemporary Score (2013); Looking at Music (2009); Video Spaces (1995); Music Video: the Industry and Its Fringes (1985); and Video from Tokyo to Fukui and Kyoto (1979). She was the first to integrate the Internet as part of curatorial practice, with Stir-fry (1994); Internyet (1998); and (1999).

London teaches in the Sound Art Department, Columbia University, and previously taught in the Graduate Art Department, Yale, 2014-2019. Her honors include: Getty Research Institute scholar, 2016; the Courage Award, Eyebeam, 2016; Gertrude Contemporary Residency, Melbourne, 2012; Dora Maar House Residency, Menerbes, 2010; a CEC Artslink award in Poland, 2003; a Japanese government Bunkacho Fellowship, 1992-93; and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, 1988-89.

Lisa Steele has worked in collaboration with Kim Tomczak since 1983, producing videotapes, performances and photo/text works that have been exhibited in festivals, museums and galleries around the world. Their awards include the Bell Canada prize for excellence in Video Art, a Toronto Arts Award for Media Arts and in 2005, a Governor General’s Award for lifetime achievement in Visual & Media Arts. They are co-founders of Vtape, a Toronto media arts resource centre and, until August 2019, both taught at the University of Toronto in The Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. Their installation work …before I wake was included in the inaugural Toronto Biennial of Art in 2019.

Founded in 1983 as Toronto Community-Videotex, InterAccess is a non-profit gallery, educational facility, production studio, and festival dedicated to emerging practices in art and technology. InterAccess’s mission is to expand the cultural significance of art and technology by fostering and supporting the full cycle of art and artistic practice through education, production, and exhibition.

Established in 1980, Vtape is a vibrant distribution organization that represents an international collection of contemporary and historical video art and media works by artists. The artist-run non-profit centre located in Toronto, Ontario is Canada’s largest distributor of video art, and the world’s largest distributor of Indigenous and First People’s film and video. In addition to providing a distribution framework for established and emerging artists, Vtape is committed to establishing video art preservation and exhibition standards and strives to support hybrid practices in an increasingly complex technical milieu.

CONVERGE is a public lecture series at Ryerson University School of Image Arts, organized and run by fourth-year Image Arts students. Converge’s purpose and goals revolve around offering students insight into the contemporary art world while facilitating opportunities to network with industry professionals. The series presents leading contemporary artists and thinkers working in photography, multimedia, and performance. This year, Converge will showcase a range of individuals with artistically diverse practices. Converge hopes to provide educational, thought-provoking discussions and events that will reflect the diverse artistic interests within IMA.

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