Balance and Power: Performance and Surveillance in Video Art, installation at Krannert Art Museum, 2005.
Balance and Power: Performance and Surveillance in Video Art, installation at Krannert Art Museum, 2005.
On View
Oct 22, 2005–Dec 31, 2005

We're living at a time when security alerts, surveillance cameras, and Reality TV are blurring the boundaries between voluntary and involuntary acting for the camera.

Exhibition sponsored in part by Donald & Alice Dodds; Fox Development Corporation, A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc.; Hickory Point Bank & Trust; Krannert Art Museum Director's Circle Fund; Frances P. Rohlen Visiting Artists Fund/College of Fine and Applied Art; and in-kind support provided by Hampton Inn.

Even from the earliest days of video art, artists have negotiated the question of when performance becomes surveillance and vice versa. This exhibition examined both the early days of video art and current practices in an attempt to understand the complex relationship between performance, surveillance, and power. 

Artists in the exhibition included: Vito Acconci, Antenna, Sophie Calle and Gregory Shephard, Jim Campbell, Peter Campus, Jordan Crandall, Shelley Eshkar and Paul Kaiser, Harun Farocki, Subodh Gupta, Kevin Hamilton, Tiffany Holmes, Tim Hyde, Kristin Lucas, Jill Magid, Steve Mann, Jenny Marketou, Jonas Mekas, Muntadas and Marshall Reese, Bruce Nauman, Martha Rosler, Julia Scher, and Kiki Seror.

Exhibition programming

November 10
7:30 pm: Gallery Conversation
With curator Michael Rush and Tim Murray, director of Graduate Studies in Film and Video, Cornell University

November 13
1 pm: Second Sunday Gallery Tour
Guided tour of the exhibition led by Kevin Hamilton, professor of New Media



Guest curator: Michael Rush 

Michael Rush, Director of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, is also a curator, writer, and critic. Rush is the author of three books published by Thames and Hudson, London: Video Art, 2004, the first major survey of the field in more than twenty years; New Media in Art, 2005, which is a fully revised version of his best-selling New Media in Late 20th Century Art, 1999. He has been a regular contributor to The New York TimesArt in Americaartnetand several other publications. A former award-winning experimental theater and video artist, Rush’s work has been seen throughout the US and Europe and is in the collections of museums and universities, including the Centre Pompidou and the Whitney Museum of American Art.