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Balance and PowerBalance and Power: Performance and Surveillance in Video Art

In these days of both terrorism and reality TV, Balance and Power: Performance and Surveillance in Video Art explores the complex relationship between voluntary acting for the camera and involuntary taping by a camera on the part of power systems that have an interest in the movement of citizens. Balance and Power features work by a diverse group of artists, from early video pioneers such as Andy Warhol, Vito Acconci, and Bruce Naumann, to emerging practitioners such as Jill Magid and Tim Hyde. Other internationally-known artists include Sophie Calle, Jim Campbell, Peter Campus, Jordan Crandall, Harun Farocki, Subodh Gupta, Kevin Hamilton, Tiffany Holmes, Paul Kaiser and Shelley Eshkar, Kristin Lucas, Steve Mann, Jenny Markatou, Jonas Mekas, Muntadas, Martha Rosler, Julia Scher, and Kiki Seror.

The exhibit features a dozen video installations in a uniquely designed space created by Antenna Design Group in New York. There are large-scale installations, single channel tapes, and newly commissioned work. The exhibition was originally organized by the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois and is curated by Michael Rush, the Henry and Lois Foster Director of The Rose.

The Mildred S. Lee Gallery and The Lois Foster Wing
September 21 - December 17, 2006

Image Credit: Kiki Seror, ModusOperandi, 2005, Courtesy of 1-20 Gallery, New York.