Key leaders in the development of video art discuss the importance of archives and preservation as well as the possibilities of new platforms as these hybrid forms continue.
Barbara London is a New York-based curator and writer who founded the video-media exhibition and collection programs at The Museum of Modern Art, where she worked between 1973 and 2013. Her current projects include the book Video/Art: The First Fifty Years (Phaidon: 2020), the podcast series Barbara London Calling, and the exhibition Seeing Sound (Independent Curators International, 2020-24).
Rebecca Cleman is a writer and the Director of Distribution of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI). She has programmed screenings and special projects for such venues as the International House Philadelphia; the Museum of Art and Design, Anthology Film Archives, and Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York City; and the Julia Stoschek Collection, Germany; and organized or co-organized many events for EAI, including a panel discussion on the films of David Wojnarowicz and a conversation between Hilton Als and The Wooster Group’s director and co-founder Elizabeth LeCompte. She curated VHS: The Exhibition at Franklin Street Works in Stamford, Connecticut (2012) and presented a related talk, Discursive VHS: From Hugh Hefner to Paranormal Activity 3, the perverse creativity of home video culture at UT Austin. She lives in Brooklyn.
George Fifield is a media arts curator, writer, teacher, and artist. He is the founder and director of Boston Cyberarts, a nonprofit arts organization that produced the biennial Boston Cyberarts Festival and currently manages The Boston Cyberarts Gallery inside the Green Street MBTA station on the Orange line. Fifield is a long-time Jamaica Plain resident. From 1993 to 2006, Fifield was curator of new media at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA.