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Video artist Mark Callahan presents video screening, gallery talk

September 23, 2008

Mark Callahan of Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE) will present a video screening and gallery talk at Wake Forest University from noon to 1:15 p.m. Oct. 2 in Scales Fine Arts Center, Room 102.  The event is being held in conjunction with the exhibit “Perpetual Art Machine” (PAM), which is on display at the Charlotte & Philip Hanes Art Gallery through Oct. 12.

Callahan is a video artist and artistic director for ICE, an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts at the University of Georgia and an instructor in the digital media area of the university’s Lamar Dodd School of Art.

“Perpetual Art Machine” (PAM) is an archive of 21st century international video art.  The archive contains more than 1,000 videos from hundreds of artists in more than 70 countries.  In 2005, four New York-based artists conceived the “Perpetual Art Machine” as a means to democratize the curatorial process.  It invites artists and viewers to participate through live interactive installations and online through a free video portal.  More information is available at

The Hanes gallery installation includes two touch screens controlled by two computers.  One screen allows the viewer to choose from hundreds of categories such as environment, sadness or love.  When a word is chosen, 16 thumbnail images of related artist videos will appear on the second screen.  Touching one of the images prompts a video to be projected on the gallery wall.

Both the exhibit and talk are free and open to the public.  Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  For information, call (336) 758-5585.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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