Pratt Manhattan Gallery and Independent Curators International (ICI) will present a panel discussion on contemporary video art in conjunction with the current Pratt Manhattan Gallery exhibition “Project 35” on Tuesday, June 21 from 7 to 9 PM in Lecture Hall 213 at Pratt’s Manhattan Campus at 144 West 14th Street, second floor.

The panel will include conversations by “Project 35” artists Beryl Korot and Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz and curator Raimundas Malasauskas around the use of video as a format for the increasingly international dissemination of artists’ ideas; how expanded presentation possibilities for single channel works has created new audiences; and the impact that these developments have on art production. The panel will be moderated by ICI Executive Director Kate Fowle. The panel discussion and exhibition are free and open to the public.
“Project 35,” which is on view at Pratt Manhattan Gallery now through July 30, 2011, features video art that was selected by 35 international curators. “Project 35” showcases a new exhibition concept for ICI, with an eclectic compilation of works that reveal the global reach that video have achieved as a contemporary art medium. The exhibition includes 35 videos on 16 screens that reveal the diversity of approaches artists are now taking to the medium. Each of the “Project 35” curators were invited to select one artist’s video that they think is important for contemporary art audiences across the globe.
The artists featured use various animation techniques and borrow from the language of cinema, performance, and YouTube to produce work that weaves between documentary and fiction. The subject matter ranges from reinterpretations of philosophical propositions to uprisings and protests in South Africa, propaganda news broadcasts in China, and emerging youth culture in Ho Chi Minh City.
About the panelists:
Beryl Korot is a pioneer of video art and of multiple channel work in particular. Korot’s work was the focus of a 2010 retrospective at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Conn. Her installation works have been seen at such venues as The Kitchen, Leo Castelli Gallery, Whitney Museum of American Art, Carnegie Museum of Art, ZKM, the Kölnischer Kunstverein, and Museo Reina Sofia. She collaborated with composer Steve Reich on two video operas that toured worldwide and has served as co-editor of Radical Software, the first magazine to focus on the new medium of video in 1970. Korot has also received numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts. She is a former Guggenheim Fellow.

Raimundas Malasauskas is a writer and curator who lives and works in Paris. His writings are concerned with contemporary phenomena, biographies, and stories, and address the parallel worlds of science, media, film, literature, and mass culture. He was recently curator at Artists Space, New York and has served as a visiting curator at California College of Arts, San Francisco, and as a curator at Contemporary Art Center (CAC) Vilnius and CAC TV. Malasauskas co-wrote the libretto of an opera, Cellador, which was performed in Paris.

Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz is an artist who has had solo exhibitions at Longwood Art Gallery, Bronx; the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, New York; and Jersey City Museum. She has participated in group exhibitions including “Ring” and “AIM 25” (2002 and 2005, Bronx Museum of Art), “El Museo’s Bienal” (2005, El Museo del Barrio), “Wild Girls” (2006, Exit Art), “Tropicalisms” (2006, Jersey City Museum), and “Salad Days” (2008, Artists Space). Raimundi-Ortiz has also been the recipient of the 2001 Bronx Recognizes Its Own Award and a 2002 fellow at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine.
“Project 35” is a traveling exhibition produced by ICI, New York. The exhibition is made possible, in part, by grants from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Cowles Charitable Trust, Foundation for Contemporary Art, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the ICI Board of Trustees, and donors to ICI’s Access Fund.
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“Project 35”
June 17 — July 30, 2011
Pratt Manhattan Gallery
144 West 14th Street, 2nd Floor
Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 11 AM — 6 PM