Artists' Television Access

Radical Light: That Little Red Dot

Thursday, April 14, 2011, 7:30 pm

Curated and presented by Dale Hoyt
presented by SF Cinematheque in collaboration with Pacific Film Archive

During its 30+ years of existence, the San Francisco Art Institute’s New Genres (formerly Performance/Video) department has produced innumerable high-caliber artists and has influenced performance and conceptual art on a global scale. Simultaneously, the department’s commitment to maintaining state-of-the-art production facilities has contributed to an equally impressive output from myriad film- and video makers. Tonight’s program presents a survey of this important work. While as aggressive and sophisticated as their performance counterpart, the work of these artists displays an equally ingenious and ground-breaking visual language and deals with such varied issues as formalism, feminism, abstract narrative, transgressive sexuality, personal biography and body politics. And, drawn from three decades of activity, the program comprises an historical microcosm of video technology, beginning with industrial and broadcast cameras and behemoth Portapaks through the Hi-8 video revolution, “cuts-only” editing, the Amiga Toaster and Avid systems, up to DV’s utopian technological plateau. Join us for an evening of the early works and rarities of some of the field’s major artists, including Jordan Biren, Nao Bustamante, Monet Clark, Torsten Zenas Burns, Cecilia Dougherty, Didi Dunphy, Dale Hoyt, Andrew Huestis, Tony Labat, Jennifer Locke, Anne McGuire, Guy Overfelt and Emjay Wilson. (Dale Hoyt)