Tom Sherman: Acceleration and Deceleration

Tom Sherman: Acceleration and Deceleration

Special Presentation @Vtape


Acceleration and Deceleration

Saturday, April 7, 2018  10am-5pm


A day with Tom Sherman and his video work, two new video performances and selected historic works presented in a theoretical context where video is recognized as a cognitive accelerator and perceptual decelerator. With time for viewing, reflection, discussion, lunch and a final wrap up, the day promises to yield the unexpected.

Tom has been conducting video research as an artist for five decades. Vtape archives 61 of his video works, most made in the 21st Century. Tom represented Canada in “Canada Video” at the Venice Biennale in 1980 and received the Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Art in 2010. He was the founding Head of the Media Art Section at the Canada Council (1983-1987). Currently a professor in Transmedia at Syracuse University, he splits his time between homes in Syracuse, New York and Port Mouton, Nova Scotia.

10:00am   Meet and greet, coffee and croissants

10:30am   Vtape introduction

11:00am   The Light off the Water (video performance), 2018  12:00

11:45am   See the text comes to read you, 2016   7:28

12:15pm  Transvideo, 1981, 26:00

1:00pm     Lunch and refreshments will be served

 2:00pm    I’m an insect but I love you like a mammal (video performance), 2018  12:00

2:45pm   “Acceleration and Deceleration”, theoretical talk, 25:00*

3:30pm     Half/Lives, 2002, 7:37

4:00pm     Exclusive Memory (excerpt #8 of 5-8-16), 1987, 21:20

 5:00pm     End

 *This talk builds on ideas articulated in “Video is a Perceptual Prosthetic,” Tom Sherman, edited by Mireille Bourgeois (Centre for Art Tapes, Halifax, 2012): http://centreforarttapes.ca/downloads/tom_sherman–video_is_a_perceptual_prosthetic.pdf

Vtape acknowledges the generous support of all of our funders including The Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.