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Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Explores Selected Works of Two Electronic Media Pioneers

KANSAS CITY, MO.- Electromediascope, the popular series at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, is an international survey of contemporary film, video and electronic media. For the fall series it will explore selected works of Steina and Woody Vasulka who arrived to New York from Prague in the mid-1960s when artists of many disciplines were breaking down the barriers between their media.

Electromediascope is co-curated by Patrick Clancy, professor and chair, Photography and Digital Filmmaking, at the Kansas City Art Institute, and artist Gwen Widmer. They were honored recently by the KC FilmFest with an award for the series, which began in 1993. At the Nelson-Atkins, they work with Jan Schall, the Sanders Sosland Curator, Modern & Contemporary Art, and Leesa Fanning, Associate Curator, Modern & Contemporary Art.

The artists are respected as important creators of contemporary art. “Steina’s many video works are beautiful examples of her sustained experimentation over many years with analog and digital signal processing and aspects of machine vision,” Clancy said. “Woody Vasulka’s early studies of signal processing explored unique ways of encoding displacement functions in relation to video raster topologies of the human face. This led to the development of syntax for signal modification that supported psychological aspects of electronic images.”

Films featured are shown in Atkins Auditorium at the Museum. All starting times are 7 p.m.:

►Sept. 11–Videos by Steina and Woody Vasulka. Two works will be shown: Participation by the Vasulkas, which is an assemblage of short videos shot with an early Portapak that documents the wildly creative downtown New York art and music scenes in the late 1960s and early 70s, and The Commission, by Woody Vasulka, a hybrid video with camera, non-camera, processed and computer generated images shown on DVD.

►Sept. 18–Videos by Steina. Ten, short works; the shortest, Bad, is 2:04 minutes and the longest, Orbital Obsessions, is 24:10 minutes.

►Sept. 25–An Evening with Steina and Woody Vasulka. Two works will be shown: Studies for Brotherhood by the Vasulkas, which is a 1980s and 90s video documentation of narrative experiments shown on DVD, and Brotherhood–6 Media Constructions, by Woody Vasulka, which is a 1990s and ongoing video documentation of narrative experiments shown on DVD. The Vasulkas will be available for commentary and interchange with the audience.

Free tickets may be reserved by calling 816.751.1ART (1278) or online at

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art | Steina and Woody Vasulka | Prague | Kansas City |

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