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Lightbox Film Center
3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Video art history has not satisfactorily acknowledged the tremendous achievement of Ernie Kovacs, a rogue artist whose stage and canvas was broadcast television. Kovacs experimented with video, imaging effects, and live broadcast decades before video art began to be displayed in art galleries, and his work was a catalyst for such artists as Nam June Paik, William Wegman, Laurie Anderson, and Jaime Davidovich. This special presentation at Lightbox, organized in conjunction with Broadcasting: EAI at ICA, will consider Kovacs's legacy, both locally — his first television appearances were on NBC's Philadelphia affiliate — and within a larger context of artists making work for or about broadcast.
Broadcasting: EAI at ICA (February 2nd – March 25th) brings together an intergenerational group of artists whose time-based artworks are produced in concert with their means of circulation, from the democratic platform of public access television to the instantaneity of social media. Drawing primarily from the collection of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), which was founded in New York in 1971 with a mission to distribute and preserve video and media art work, Broadcasting will focus on how artists exploit the act of “broadcast” as a subject, a means of intervention, and as a form of participation.
The exhibition is co-curated by Rebecca Cleman, Director of Distribution at Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) and Alex Klein, Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber (CHE'60) Curator at Institute of Contemporary Art.
Special thanks to Josh Mills of Ediad Productions, Ben Model, and to the Jaime Davidovich Foundation.