Featuring Peggy Ahwesh, Karl McCool, and John Thomson, moderated by Johanna Fateman.
A panel composed of people with a deep understanding of both Cantor’s work and formal knowledge of film and video, either from a critical, curatorial or artistic perspective. The discussion aims to contextualize Cantor’s work in the formal histories she drew from—mainstream and independent film, video art, pornography, and photography.
Karl McCool is a moving image programmer and archivist based in New York City. He is the Distribution Manager at Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI). In addition, he advises film and video makers as an independent moving image archivist and preservationist. Since 2011, he has organized screenings as a core member of Dirty Looks, a roaming series for queer experimental film, video, and performance. He has programmed screenings at venues including Artists Space; The Kitchen; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; P.P.O.W Gallery; Participant Inc.; UnionDocs; and White Columns.
Since the 1970’s, Peggy Ahwesh has traversed a variety of technologies and styles in her media work as a basis for her inquiry into feminism, cultural identity and genre. Recent exhibitions include: Two Serious Ladies (2015) Murray Guy, NYC; Plagiarist of My Unconscious Mind! (2015) Château Shatto, LA and Kissing Point (2014) Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn.
Ahwesh is Professor in the Film & Electronic Arts Program, Bard College teaching video production, history of media and technology and media archival practices. She has taught in the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) and for Bard’s satellite program the Al Quds-Bard Partnership at Al Quds University in the West Bank, Palestinian Territories.
John Thomson is a co-founder of Foxy Production, a contemporary art gallery based in New York. Established in 2003, the gallery presents an international program that crosses genres and disciplines. He was a Director of Electronic Arts Intermix, New York, from 2000-2008 and curated and commissioned media art at the Lux Centre, London, in the 1990s. He has taught at the London Institute and has lectured at the School of Visual Arts, New York, and RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, among other institutions. He has curated exhibitions and organized screenings at venues including the Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley, CA; the ICA London; and Dia New York. He has written extensively on contemporary art, including recently on the inner workings of the contemporary art market.
Johanna Fateman is a writer, founding member of the feminist band Le Tigre, and co-owner of Seagull Salon in New York City. She contributes regularly to Artforum, and her writing has also appeared in Bookforum, The Whitney Biennial Catalogue (2004), Rhizome, LTTR, Apology, Art in America, and The New Inquiry. She is a 2015 recipient of the Creative Capital Art Writers Grant and is currently co-editing, with Amy Scholder, a collection of writing by radical feminist author Andrea Dworkin for Semiotext(e).