The Radical Accessibility of Video Art (For Hearing People)

29 October, 2020
– 11 November, 2020
Liza Sylvestre, Captioned-Channel Surfing (still), 2016. Courtesy: the artist
[Image description: Movie still, close-up of a white man and woman wearing summer clothes in a rural setting looking excited in a phone booth. A caption reads “They are so young and excited and happy.”]

The Radical Accessibility of Video Art (For Hearing People) is a lecture by Emily Watlington, followed by a screening of two moving image works
For the final event reflecting on the ideas and themes of LUX’s current exhibition Jenny Brady: Receiver, LUX has invited Emily Watlington to discuss her research into the use of captions in artists’ moving image work, and present a short screening of two works which critically engage with captioning and access issues in the moving image.
The lecture and works in the screening are open captioned.

Works in the screening:
Captioned: Channel Surfing, Liza Sylvestre, 2017
A Recipe for Disaster, Carolyn Lazard, 2018

Further Reading:
Critical Creative Corrective Cacophonous Comical: Closed Captions by Emily Watlington in Mousse Magazine

Emily Watlington is a critic, curator, and assistant editor at Art in America.

Liza Sylvestre is a multimedia artist and Curator of Academic Programs at the Krannert Art Museum. Sylvestre’s work has been shown nationally at venues including The Plains Art Museum, the Weisman Art Museum, Roots & Culture, Lease Agreement Gallery, Land and Sea Gallery, and Soo VAC. Her work has been written about in Art in America, Mousse Magazine, SciArt Magazine and the Weisman Art Museum’s Incubator Web Platform. During the 2019/20 academic year Sylvestre has been a Kate Neal Kinley fellow completing work at Gallery 400 and the University of Chicago, and a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Carolyn Lazard is a Philadelphia-based artist and writer working in video, sculpture, sound, and installation. Lazard has exhibited work at various institutions, including the Walker Art Center, the New Museum, The Kitchen, Kunsthal Aarhus, Camden Arts Centre, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Lazard has published writing in the Brooklyn Rail, Mousse, and Triple Canopy.


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