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Professional Short Course
Time-Based Media in Collections
with Barbara London (United States)

16 Mar 2018, Fri 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
17 Mar 2018, Sat 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
The Seminar Room, Block 43 Malan Road

With Barbara London (United States), pioneering time-based media curator

Limited capacity.
Deadline for registration: Friday, 9 March 2018
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Fee: S$500 per person (inclusive of GST)

This course will address the challenges of collecting time-based media, from copyrights and ownership to conservation. It will also examine the relation between media and other contemporary art forms (sculpture, paintings, photography, performance) in a collection. Barbara London will bring in her substantial knowledge as the founder and chief curator of the time-based media department at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.


Friday, 16 March 2018, 6.00 – 9.00pm

Part One: Video and Media Art Overview

This two-day course begins with an overview of video and media art. London discusses the madcap trajectory of video as a pliable medium, and how it moved from the fringe to a full-fledged art form. Attention will be paid to how production, exhibition, and distribution are interdependent and to the way collecting video and media art was slowly taken up by museums, foundations, banks, and private collectors. 


Saturday, 17 March 2018, 11.00am – 5.00pm.

Part Two: The Ideologies behind Exhibiting and Collecting Video and Media Art 

The course will explore the challenges involved in distributing, exhibiting, and collecting time-based media, both single-channel works as well as installations. Production and exhibition tools are diverse and changed considerably over the years. To exhibit or acquire media artwork, it is necessary to be aware of its specificities. This session, probing the fundamentals of video art, will speak about these technical details as well as how the artists themselves can give valuable insight. London will also speak about proper archival structures that consider the works’ format, software, and climate specifications.

Barbara London (United States) is a curator and writer who founded the video exhibition and collection programmes at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, where she worked between 1973 and 2013. The exhibitions she organised include solo shows of Nam June Paik, Bill Viola, Steina Vasulka, Joan Jonas, Shigeko Kubota, Peter Campus, Gary Hill, Valie Export, Steve McQueen, and Laurie Anderson. She was the first American curator to showcase the work of Asian artists Zhang Peili, Song Dong, Teiji Furuhashi, Feng Mengbo, and Yang Fudong. Her thematic projects at MoMA included Video from Tokyo to Fukui and Kyoto (1979); Music Video: the Industry and Its Fringes (1985); Anime!! (2005); Stillness: Michael Snow and Sam Taylor-Wood (2005); Automatic Update (2007); Looking at Music (2008, 2010, 2011); and Soundings: A Contemporary Score (2013). London was the first to integrate the Internet as part of curatorial practice, including Stir-fry (1994); InterNyet (1998); and (1999). She is currently Critic at the Yale School of Art, a consultant with the Kadist Foundation, San Francisco and Paris, and is writing a book with Phaidon.