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Playback 1966: Artist Perspectives on Media Art

April 21, 2016 -
7:30pm to 9:30pm

The Exploratorium
Kanbar Forum
Pier 15, The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94111

Panel Discussion
Special Event
Preservation San Francisco BAVC Exploratorium

Presented in collaboration with The Exploratorium

Encounter early video and computer-based works that helped shape and shift the media art landscape in this special symposium celebrating the innovations of John Sanborn, Skip Sweeney, and Jane Veeder. Presented in conjunction with The Exploratorium on the occasion of BAVC's 40th anniversary, tonight’s program features artworks recently preserved through the BAVC Preservation Access Program and a group discussion with the artists moderated by journalist and critic Geeta Dayal.

As video became more widely available in the late 1960s, media artists were among the earliest adopters, resulting in a proliferation of work that explored the outer limits of the medium and quickly expanded to embrace other emerging analog and digital tools—as well as alternative presentation outlets. Throughout the 1970s and ’80s, Sanborn, Sweeney, and Veeder probed the possibilities of media art in public television, dance, video games, music videos, feedback experiments, and beyond. Discover the intersecting yet variable trajectories of their works and careers, and hear their perspectives on the initial and ongoing effects of video and computer technologies in media art.

John Sanborn is an award-winning, world-renowned media artist whose body of work reaches from the technological stone age of the 1970s to the digital high-tech bleeding edge of today.

Skip Sweeney is the co-founder of Video Free American and has been involved with video art in the Bay Area since the late 1960s and has had a long and varied career in digital and video work.

Jane Veeder, a pioneer of computer graphics, started her career in electronic media arts in 1976. Since 1988, she has taught interactive digital media at San Francisco State University. 

Geeta Dayal has written extensively on music, culture, and technology. Her first book, Another Green World, on the musician Brian Eno, was published in 2009.