In early 1998, the Experimental Television Center, in Owego, NY, announced a conference called "Making Connections : The Upstate Video History Conference," to be held October 16-18 at Syracuse University, in Syracuse NY. When I saw the brochure, I thought this would make a great project to be involved with. Having known Sherry Miller Hocking from Experimental Television Center for many years, I asked her if I could get involved in the project. And so this web site is born. We talked and I got involved in doing the web research for the initial resource guide which is now linked to the Upstate Video History web site (hosting courtesy of OffLine).
I was also interested in researching specific issues in video art performance, which itself comprises many flavors. The conference presented an excellent opportunity to meet and talk with several performers and groups directly involved in video art performance, so I contacted several of the artists about interviewing them for this project, and those interviews are presented here. The Interview section of this document contains large sections of the interviews I conducted with five artists while at the conference, and in the weeks following.
You'll also find a longer discussion of the issue of video art and performance with comments from interviews in the article "Technology and Performance: From Demonstration to Improvisation." Enjoy.