The mission of the Dallas Medianale is to create a platform for moving image art in all its shapes and forms. The Dallas Medianale aims to provide a podium for introducing emerging artists and showcasing the latest in contemporary underground and experimental moving art from avant garde film, video installations, expanded cinema to computer art, intermedia performances and much more. Bringing new and existing audiences into contact with the latest developments within the innovative and ever-changing world of moving image art. The Dallas Medianale wants to be a meeting place for artist, audiences, curators, critics and academics. A place of discovery, discussion, innovation and reflection, bridging across practices that often unnecessarily fall into separate discourses and situate these contemporary practices into a historical framework.
2017 Curatorial Statement by Mike Morris
This year’s Dallas Medianale was a difficult one to program. To focus on making meaningful connections between the work of so many artists’ work is never an easy task, but to do so in the midst of so much social and political uncertainty feels simultaneously indulgent and exhausting. Nonetheless, there have been many events within the last several months that demonstrate to me that making and exhibiting art are vital endeavors, particularly those practices that deal with media and images. A week before this writing, our country attacked another purportedly based on one person’s emotional response to an image. For better or worse, images like this one have the power to record, express, and inspire real horror. Media theorist Gene Youngblood has often quoted artists Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz in saying “we must learn to create on the same scale that we can destroy.” This puts a great deal of responsibility on artists as well as audiences. The works in this year’s exhibitions will give us opportunities to respond to many images that address some of the most obviously pressing issues ahead of us, as well as some of those we might overlook. They may propose a spiritual relationship to the landscape (LaFountain), encourage us to understand borders in relation to bodies (Bemak and Granados), or make us examine how young people are inspired by their heros (Duke and Battarsby). They may show us the empty shells of our utopian dreams (Frezza) or remind us of past wars whose effects are very much still with us (Wiebe). Whether what we create by coming together to view works like these is creating at the scale we need remains to be seen. I can at least say that the works in these programs are important and inspiring, and I look forward to sharing them with you.
>Who we are
Michael A. Morris is the creative and managing director of the Medianale. He is an artist and educator based in Dallas, Texas, working primarily with film, video, and expanded cinematic forms.
Barton Weiss is the artistic director of the Video Association Dallas and creative adviser to the Medianale. He is an award-winning independent film and video producer, director, editor, and educator who has lived in Dallas since 1981.
Raquel Chapa Managing Director of Video Association. She is currently in her 9th year of programming a short film program for Association of American Indian Affairs. She was accepted into NALIP Latino Producers Academy in 2010 and to the PBS Production Lab in 2011. She is a media critic for Native Foodways magazine.
Richard Bailey Four of Richard Bailey's films are featured in the 2017 AVIFF Cannes Catalogue. His films have shown at Alchemy Film & Moving Image, Anthology Film Archives, Berlin Experimental, Black Maria, Blow-Up, Dallas VideoFest, Proyector International, SENE, SXSW, and many other festivals. He has a film featured in Vol. 36 of the Journal of Short Film, a peer-reviewed journal in DVD form. His poems have appeared in several journals, including The Madison Review, Mudfish, Quiddity, and Whiskey Island Magazine. Find out more at www.TropicPictures.com
Shilyh Warren is Assistant Professor of Film and Aesthetic Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. She teaches a range of courses in film studies, including documentary, independent and experimental cinema, world cinema and women's cinema. She received her MA and PhD in Literature from Duke University. She earned an MA in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth College, where she also completed an undergraduate degree in Women's Studies in 1996. Currently at work on a book about women’s documentary filmmaking of the 1970s, her scholarship has also appeared in academic journals, including Camera Obscura, South Atlantic Quarterly, Signs, Jump Cut, and Mediascape.
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