Misfits: Time-Based Media and the Museum

Misfits 2015: Time-Based Media and the Museum

Misfits 2015: Time-Based Media and the Museum
Carnegie Museum of Art
October 22-24, 2015

Pittsburgh, PA…Registration is now open for Misfits 2015, a symposium examining the ways that time-based artworks have challenged and changed art institutions.

Registration: http://www.cmoa.org/misfits/

Presented by Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA), and organized by its A. W. Mellon Time-Based Media Project, Misfits 2015: Time-Based Media and the Museum is a two-day symposium that focuses on the ways that “misfit” artworks—film, video, sound, and digital works—entered collecting institutions, and ongoing challenges of exhibiting and preserving them. The organizers use the term “misfits” affectionately. These works challenge traditional methods of collecting, preservation, and exhibition, and in doing so, force art institutions to evolve and grow.

The contexts in which these collections were formed in the 1960s and 70s represented a radical departure from the activities of a typical collecting museum. Film gained acceptance as an art form, and museum film departments emerged around the country. Misfits 2015 examines the ways in which the creators, curators, and conservators of time-based works historically intersect, and how they might now band together to ensure ongoing access.

Misfits 2015 builds on the success of CMOA’s 2013 symposium, A Collection of Misfits: Time-Based Media and the Museum and draws on CMOA’s own history as a significant catalyst of time-based media during the 1970s, as a nexus of avant-garde film, and as pioneering publisher of The Film and Video Makers Travel Sheet.

Panels will focus on various facets of the historical moment in which time-based media entered the museum, including the emergence of major media centers in the 1970s; the significance of in-person presentation of films at that time and in the present; the ways in which the filmmaker’s tour (facilitated by the Travel Sheet) and major media centers contributed to local film ecologies in cities around the country; the art-world/film-world dynamic and shifting models of spectatorship and distribution for time-based work; the interrelationship of canonization and preservation; and the interpretation of time-based media through the lens of “supporting” archival collections, artist’s notes, sketches, and artifacts.

The symposium will also provide an opportunity to survey past and current conservation and preservation efforts, and allow the Carnegie’s Field-Wide Preservation Initiative working group to workshop ideas and gain feedback from panelists and attendees.

Misfits 2015 brings together professionals from all points along the media continuum—artists and archivists, curators and conservators, academics and media archaeologists. Preliminary presenters include:

Philip Auslander – Professor, School of Literature, Media, and Communication, Georgia Institute of Technology

Erika Balsom – Lecturer in Film Studies and in Liberal Arts, King’s College, London

Maeve Connolly – Lecturer in Film and Animation, Dun Laoghaire Institute, Dublin

Matthew Cowan – Archivist for Moving Images and Photography, Oregon Historical Society, Portland

David Frantz – Curator, ONE Archives at the University of Southern California

Elena Gorfinkel – Assistant Professor of Film Studies, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Mona Jimenez – Associate Professor, Cinema Studies, and Associate Director, Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program, New York University

Andrew Lampert – Artist and Curator of Collections, Anthology Film Archives, New York

Ross Lipman – Filmmaker and Film Restorationist, University of California Los Angeles, Film and Television Archive

Lindsay Mattock – Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Science, University of Iowa

Megan McShea – Audiovisual Archivist, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Sheryl Mousely – Curator of Film and Video Programs, Walker Art Museum, Minneapolis

Stephanie Sapienza – Project Manager, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, and former Project Director, Alternative Projections

Steve Seid – Video Curator, Pacific Film Archive at Berkeley Art Museum

Michelle Silva – Filmmaker and Independent film preservationist

Linda Tadic – Executive Director, Audiovisual Archive Network

Andrew Uroskie – Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Art History and Criticism Program, Stony Brook University

Haidee Wasson – Associate Professor of Cinema Studies, Concordia University, Montreal

Michael Zyrd – Associate Professor, Department of Film, York University, Toronto

The Misfits symposium is supported by a grant from the A.W. Mellon Foundation. General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


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