Perpetual Art Machine
Perpetual Art Machine - Video Installation www.perpetualartmachine.com
Perpetual Art Machine is a living archive of 21st century international video art, featuring over 1000 videos from more than 700 artists from over 70 countries culminating in an immersive interactive video experience. It was conceived in 2005 by four NY based artists as a means to democratize the curatorial process by inviting both the artists and the viewer/user to participate through live interactive installations and online through PAM’s free community video portal. As a traveling video installation it has been exhibited internationally including the 2nd Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia, the Scope Art Fair, London, UK, the XII International Media Art Biennale, Warsaw, Poland, and the Chelsea Art Museum, NYC.
The installation in the Hanes Art Gallery will include two touch screens controlled by two computers. One screen will allow the viewer to choose from hundreds of categories such as environment, sadness, experimental, love, etc. Once a word is selected it will bring up 16 image thumbnails of related artist videos on the 2nd screen. By touching one of these thumbnails the selected video is then projected on the gallery wall.
Visiting Artist Event
Tied to this exhibition will be a visiting artist video screening and talk by Mark Callahan on Thursday, October 2nd in Room 102 between 12 and 1:15pm.
Mark Callahan is the Artistic Director of Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE), an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts at University of Georgia in Athens, and an Instructor in the Digital Media area of the Lamar Dodd School of Art. He is a graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art and the Rhode Island School of Design. Callahan's work has evolved from a traditional printmaking background to experimental multimedia projects. He was commissioned to create a site-specific work for Video Culture: Three Decades of Video Art, a collaboration that joined the forces of eleven institutions in the metro Detroit area to examine video art and its impact on contemporary culture. His work has also been used in concert by R.E.M.
as a large-scale video projection.