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Video art on exhibit at Indiana State though March 21

February 13, 2014

The work of internationally acclaimed artists spanning five decades is featured in the exhibition "Rewritten by Machine and New Technology," on display February 17- March 21 at the Indiana State University Art Gallery.

Curated by Barbara Räcker, university curator, and Sala Wong, associate professor of digital art, the exhibition is an introduction to the history of video art and its contemporary tendencies. It includes seminal works dating from 1971 to 2011 by internationally acclaimed artists, including Mark Amerika, Stephanie Barber, Dara Birnbaum, Dan Graham, David Hall, Gary Hill, Joan Jonas, Michael Takeo Magruder, Takeshi Murata, Nam June Paik, Hiraki Sawa, Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt), and Bill Viola.

These artists use video to explore a range of concepts, among them: media criticism, childhood memories and identity, modes of perception and cognition, complexity of language and communication, scientific visualizations and the limit of human knowledge, and digital formalism. The exhibition includes 12 single-channel videos and two recent mixed media installations-The Psychedelic Gedankenexperiment by Hill and Insurance.AES256 by Magruder, which incorporates a video processed by real-time data. Two remixes from Amerika's "Immobilité," the world's first feature-length art film shot with, and made for, a mobile phone, will also be on display.

Sawa will speak about his work during a public lecture at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20 in the Recital Hall of the Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts. A reception will follow.

Through video and installation, Sawa forms immersive worlds of sound and image. Employing a combination of digital manipulation and hand-made methods of cutting, pasting and photography, his art shifts between worlds of reality and imagination, and often addresses childhood memories and identity. His works Elsewhere, Dwelling, and Migration are featured in the exhibit.

The exhibition and related programs are part of the College of Arts and Sciences Community Semester; they are free and open to the public. The University Art Gallery is located in the Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts at the corner of Seventh and Chestnut Streets.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and special Saturday hours on Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free group tours are available upon request. For more information, contact Grace Pringle at 812-237-3720.


Contact: Grace Pringle, University Art Gallery, 812-237-3720

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications and Marketing, 812-237-3783 or