Conversations at the Edge: Current Schedule
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.
March 7, 8:00 p.m.
Introduced by curator Jon Cates
Chicago video pioneer Phil Morton (1945–2003) anticipated remix in his genre-defying individual and collaborative projects that share characteristics with what we now call "New Media" today. Radically open, committed to process, collaborative, contentious, and charismatic, Morton embodied what he dubbed COPY-IT-RIGHT. An alternative to copyright, this ethic encourages making, sharing, remixing, and distributing media art, its systems, and technologies. To illuminate Morton’s continued influence and inspiration, Jon Cates, Founder of the Phil Morton Memorial Archive, asked an international roster of contemporary video and new media artists to remix, rework, and reimagine Morton's original tapes. This program interweaves Morton's work with his remixes, resulting in a generous mash-up of past, present, proto-digital, and cyber psychedelic. Presented in collaboration with the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference. This program is generously supported by the Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Foundation.
1972–2013, multiple countries, various formats, ca. 60 min + discussion
Phil Morton (1945–2003) was an electronic visualization artist, analog computer builder, real-time video graphic performance artist, C.B. radio performer, Mobile Video Van designer and user, and videotape maker. He founded SAIC's Department for Video Art, the first to offer a BFA or MFA degree in the United States, and he established the Video Data Bank. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago) and the São Paulo Art Biennial in 1975 (Brazil). Morton released his individual and collaborative projects under COPY-IT-RIGHT, a concept he developed in the early 1970s with artists Dan Sandin and Jane Veeder, among others. Morton’s 30-year "personal video databank" is available through the Phil Morton Memorial Archive in SAIC's Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation. copyitright.org
Presented in collaboration with the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference. This program is generously supported by the Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Foundation.