We are inundated with video content. From our phone cameras to social media to major motion pictures to the gallery, video content is constantly being reshared, screen grabbed, downloaded, edited, and uploaded again, blurring the lines between art and life and originality and appropriation over and over again. This ecology of appropriated images and video pervades visual culture, exerting tremendous influence upon how and what we create and consume.


So what does this mean for video art today--that is, those videos which claim the status of arthood rather than mere “content?”

Part screening and part group discussion, together we’ll examine video art’s place and purchase within the art world and its challenge to traditional notions of authenticity and the commodity. Using theories from Erika Balsom’s book, After Uniqueness, as a jumping off point, we’ll watch and discuss Untitled #29.95 (1999) by the anonymous collaborative Rtmark along with a selection of other video works of the early aughts that each center themes of the “copy” and reflect the vicissitudes of our current image economy in exciting ways.

All are welcome. Some familiarity with contemporary art, digital media, and video art is encouraged but not required.

Plan Your Visit

This in-person screening will take place inside. Masks required inside and are optional outside.

Parking is free in the Carriage Works lot at Bankhead & Means streets. You can access the lot via Bankhead Avenue and proceed past the parking attendant booth.

A credit-only bar is available to patrons

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Discrit

Discrit (“critical discourse” / “discourse critique”) is an initiative of public knowledge-sharing and discussion. Spanning lectures, seminar-style discussions, critiques, and screenings, Discrit provides the public with programming dedicated to explorations of contemporary art and culture and free, university-quality art education. Discrit is Joey Molina and Chris Fernald.

Joey Molina

Joey Molina is a multi-disciplinary artist and scholar working between video, installation, and collage. Their work engages with visual culture as material, object, and ephemera. Molina’s research interests include horror films, queer theory, and new media. They received their BA from Georgia State University in 2013 and will be on track for their MA in Film and Video at Georgia State University in Fall 2020.

Chris Fernald

Chris Fernald is an artist, writer, and cultural programmer. He is the Co-Founder of Discrit and a Graduate Student in the History of Art at Williams College. His work has been exhibited in group shows in New York and Mexico City, and his poetry and art criticism have seen publication in both Canada and the US. His writing and creative work often examine how modernity’s crises disassemble and re-constitute notions of personhood. Recurring subjects of interest include techno-spirituality, post-human cosmologies, lifestyle minimalism, animism, and the digital’s relation to the afterlife. He received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2013.


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