As an in-depth contribution to the “contemporary archaeology of video” prompted by the Festival, this year’s edition of the Talks provided a current reading of early video art. Eminent pioneering artists conversed with curators of peer and younger generations, so to establish formal and conceptual connections between the past and present and explore the influence of avant-garde artistic proposals on contemporary production.
In this talk, artist Chip Lord and curator Steve Seid (Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA) discussed extensively about Ant Farm, the artist led group co-founded by Chip Lord and Doug Michels in 1968. The group spanned avant-garde architecture, graphic arts as well as environmental design and, among other things, created Media Burn, a performance, a videotape and a series of photographs, exhibited at LOOP as a video projection. Departing from the contextualization of the work, the talk then focused on Chip Lord’s latest projects.