Art in General’s Annual Video Marathon, begun in 1997, is revamped and extended this year from a 12-hour event to an 8-week period, and includes overlapping exhibitions, screenings, and discussions taking place from February 5-March 2005.
A new three-channel video, Peacehead, by Michele O’Marah has a place here in the format of a solo exhibition, while Old Habits Die Hard by artists Lise Nellemann and Heman Chong for the Berlin artist-run space Sparwasser HQ is presented in the format of weekly screenings showcasing a video collection assembled by artists.
Also included are two Video Stations featuring compilations of work. One station gathers a number of brief videos that portray the artist exploring presentation of the self through unusual, embarrassing or awkward scenarios. Participating artists of this station include: AK Burns, Juan William Chavez, Kate Gilmore, Xaviera Simmons, Jim Skuldt, Inés Szigety, Abbey Williams. The second station gathers lengthier works, one by Paul Chan, another by Rene Gabri, that in using a journey as excuse or opportunity subtly explore the politics of site and memory.
Video Saturdays, a combination of public programs and special screenings taking place during the month of February, is designed to generate a space for dialogue and exchange. On these days, programs invite you to search for Guy Debord, speculate on the roots of video art or its end, discuss video collections, and critically address television. This program includes a live-feed transmission video project from Bogotá, Colombia by artist François Bucher with writer Armando Silva; New York City premieres of acclaimed videos by Robert Cauble and a video trilogy by Martin Sastre; as well as a presentation and informal conversation with Christopher Eamon, curator of the Kramlich Collection and director of the New Art Trust.