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Ralph Hocking: In Conversation with Peer Bode and Kathy High (2/28)

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Online presentation

Zoom link: https://binghamton.zoom.us/j/95503619764


Following the online screening on Thursday, February 23, Peer Bode and Kathy High

will discuss Hocking’s work.

In a career spanning over 4 decades, video artist PEER BODE has created an

extensive body of work that investigates electronic media events, active perception

systems and culture. A graduate of Binghamton University’s Cinema Department, Bode

studied with Ken Jacobs, Larry Gottheim, Nicholas Ray and Peter Kubelka, and later

with Woody and Steina Vasulka, Paul Sharits, Tony Conrad and Hollis Frampton at

SUNY Buffalo’s Media Study Program. Bode worked at the Experimental Television

Center (ETC), which his lifelong mentor and friend Ralph Hocking established in

Binghamton in 1970. At the ETC, Bode made his seminal early works while assisting

and collaborating with the video artist and engineer David Jones, whose “Jones Frame

Buffer” became a signature processor within Bode’s oeuvre. His work has been widely

exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including MoMA, Anthology Film

Archives, the Whitney Biennial, the European Media Art Festival (Germany), Impakt

Film and Video Art Festival (the Netherlands), Viper Festival (Switzerland), among

many others. A key figure of the Owego and Alfred schools of video arts, Bode headed

the Video Arts Program at the School of Art and Design, NYSCC at Alfred University,

where he co-founded the Institute for Electronic Arts (IEA).

KATHY HIGH is an interdisciplinary artist working with technology, art and biology. She

collaborates with scientists and artists, and considers living systems, empathy, animal

sentience, and the social, political and ethical dilemmas of biotechnology and

surrounding industries. She has received awards including the Guggenheim

Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and National Endowment for Arts. Her art works

have been shown at documenta 13 (Germany), Guggenheim Museum, Museum of

Modern Art, Lincoln Center and Exit Art (NYC), UCLA (Los Angeles), Science Gallery

(Dublin), NGBK (Berlin), Festival Transitio_MX (Mexico), MASS MoCA (North Adams),

Para-site Gellery (Hong Kong) and Esther Klein Gellery, Science Center (Philadelphia).

High is Professor in Arts, and a lab at the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary

Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy.

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