A round table discussion moderated by Mary Billyou and Meredith Drum with panelists Benj Gerdes, Caroline Koebel, Chen Tamir, Judy Ditner, Maayan Amir and Ruti Sela.
Cḥen Tamir is an independent curator and arts writer based in New York, and sometimes Toronto and Tel-Aviv. She is also the director of Flux Factory, an arts collective in Queens. Her primary interests are video works, interventions, and interactive or social art. Cḥen holds an M.A. in Curatorial Studies from Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies, a B.A. in Anthropology, and a B.F.A. in Visual
Caroline Koebel’s films and videos, informed by conceptual art, film theory and feminism, provoke new modes of aesthetic and critical engagement with early cinema, commodity culture, maternity, and other subjects. Flicker On Off, her current series, applies the idiom of experimental film and artist’s video to big-budget movies in order to speak about world affairs, including global warming, the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, and the Haditha Massacre, in what could be described as an alternate essay format. Her work has screened recently at Anthology Film Archives, Issue Project Room, MadCat, Ladyfest Toronto, Director’s Lounge, Optica International Festival of Video Art, Pantheon International Xperimental Film Festival, Abstracta: International Exhibition of Abstract Cinema, and Camagüey Festival of Video Art. Co-author of the acclaimed stencil graffiti book Schablone Berlin, she has also published catalogue essays on Carolee Schneemann and Barbara Hammer. She holds a BA in Film Studies from UC Berkeley and an MFA in Visual Arts from UCSD, and lives in Brooklyn.
Maayan Amir Lives and works in Tel-Aviv, she is an artist and independent curator. She is currently studying towards PhD candidature at the interdisciplinary art studies at Tel-Aviv University. She is teaching curatorial studies at Sapir Academic College and edited a book about Israeli documentary cinema which was published on 2008.
Ruti Sela was born in Jerusalem, 1974. She lives and works in Tel Aviv, Israel, where she teaches art and video at Haifa University and Avni Institute.. She was awarded a BFA in art with excellence at the Bezalel Academy and an MFA from the studies Film Department, Tel Aviv University. In 2009 she won the Wolf Foundation, Anselm Kiefer prize for young artist and in 2003 the minister of education award, Yung Artist.
Benj Gerdes is a NY-based artist and activist working in film, video, photography, and a number of collaborative and/or public frameworks. Most prominent among his collaborative practices is work as a co-organizer of 16Beaver Group. His recent work focuses on the affective and social consequences of contemporary economic and state regimes. His video essay in collaboration with Jennifer Hayashida, Room of the Sun, examining the prehistory of neoliberal economics through the figure of Swedish monopoly capitalist & “Match King” Ivar Kreuger (1880-1932), will be completed in early 2009. He currently teaches in the Department of Cinema, Binghamton University.
Judy Ditner is a PhD candidate in Art History/ History of Photography at Boston University and is currently based in New York. She has curated, lectured, and written extensively on issues of ethics and aesthetics in documentary practice. Last winter, she organized they symposium What is Real? Photography and the Politics of Truth for the International Center of Photography and is currently involved in coordinating the team-curated ICP Triennial of Photography and Video (opening Fall 2009). In 2005, Judy organized the exhibition Framing War at the Center for Photography at Woodstock as part of her MA degree at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. She has served as Collections Assistant for the Black Star Collection at Ryerson University, a collection of historic documentary photographs from the twentieth century. Judy also holds a BFA in Photography Studies from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.