Curator’s Perspective: Barbara London
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
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As part of ICI’s Curator’s Perspective, Barbara London–one of the most influential curators of new media art–presents on her practice and her latest exhibition, Seeing Sound, traveling internationally with ICI through 2025. London reflects on creating a context that gives sound a visual and physical presence, and how artists have engaged with our changing relationship to sound, especially at a time of recalibration and community building.
Seeing Sound challenges ideas about what art in a perpetual state of flux may be, integrating and interrogating sound as a medium through the work of Seth Cluett, Juan Cortés, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, Bani Haykal, Yuko Mohri, Marina Rosenfeld, Aura Satz, and Samson Young. Prioritizing ideas over the use of technology, the artists employ analog and digital tools with irony, humor, poetry and a political edge. London will reflect on creating a context that gives sound a visual and physical presence, and how artists have engaged with our changing relationship to sound, especially at a time of recalibration and community building.
Barbara London, a pioneering curator of media art, founded the Video-media Exhibition & Collection Programs at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York. Her most recent book Video Art/The First Fifty Years (Phaidon) was released in January 2020. Last year, she produced Barbara London Calling, a podcast of individual conversations with pioneering and up-and-coming media artists. Seeing Sound curated by Barbara London will open at KADIST San Francisco this spring.
This program is a part of ICI’s Curator’s Perspective public talk series, featuring established curators who present on their work and research to shed light on movements and models that are shaping the curatorial field today.
The Curator’s Perspective series has been made possible, in part, by a grant from the James Howell Foundation and by generous contributions from the ICI Board of Trustees and ICI Access Fund. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council.