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MIT, Goethe-Institut examine history of video art in Germany

MIT's Visual Arts Program (part of the Department of Architecture) and the Goethe-Institut Boston are partnering to present "40 Years of Video Art in Germany," a series of events supported by the German Federal Cultural Foundation aimed at saving, maintaining and mediating the cultural heritage of video art, which has become one of the most influential art forms of the 20th century.

The events, which run from Tuesday, May 1 to Thursday, May 3, will feature a vast collection of outstanding video shorts from 1963 to 2003 and panels of local experts examining each decade of the project. Speakers will include Ute Meta Bauer, director of the Visual Arts Program, who will moderate the final panel discussion with all participants.

The program is presented in conjunction with the fifth Boston Cyberarts Festival (April 28 through May 6).

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May 1: "The Sixties and Seventies." Judith Barry, director of the M.F.A. program in visual arts at the Art Institute of Boston/Lesley University, and Roy Grundmann, director of the film studies program at Boston University. 6:30 p.m., the Goethe-Institut (170 Beacon St., -Boston).

May 2: "The Eighties and Nineties." Michael Rush, director of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, and Ute Meta Bauer, director of MIT's Visual Arts Program. 6:30 p.m., the Goethe-Institut.

May 3: Panel discussion featuring all participants, moderated by Ute Meta Bauer. 6:30 p.m., Broad Institute Auditorium (Room NE30-1154).

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on April 25, 2007 (download PDF).

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