This spring, the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) will hold its annual conference in Atlanta, hosting nearly 2,000 scholars, artists, and curators from North America and Europe. This year’s corresponding Experimental Film and Media and CinemArts event will be the opening night reception for the gallery exhibition MORE LIGHT: Media Art from Atlanta at Eyedrum.

MORE LIGHT features work by 15 Atlanta artists whose work engages the materiality of the moving image. Manipulating light and time via data, codec, algorithm, celluloid, and videotape, these artists offer meditations on the material nature of process in media art. From light boxes to 16mm projection, from video games to site-specific installation, the works on view experiment with the moving image as sculptural, painterly, and performative technologies. The exhibition will span all of Eyedrum’s spaces, including the music room, the gallery, and the rooftop.

Pioneering video artist Dara Birnbaum will also be contributing newly-digitized documentation of her now-lost Rio VideoWall (1989), commissioned for the Rio Mall, once located at the corner of Piedmont and North Avenue. The Videowall was the first public artwork of its kind in the United States, combining an unedited live-stream from CNN glimpsed through the moving silhouettes of mall patrons with a video record of the site’s natural landscape from the time before the mall’s construction.  

Participating artists include:

Dara Birnbaum • Mark Leibert • Jay Bolter and Maria Engberg • Christina Price Washington • Jonathan Bouknight • Marcus Rosentrater • Mark Crowley • Anna Spence • Bojana Ginn • Micah + Whitney Stansell • Cameron Kunzelman • Robbie Land • Karen Tauches • Kristan Woolford

MORE LIGHT is curated by Kristin Juarez, PhD Student, Georgia State University and Gregory Zinman, Assistant Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology.

The exhibition is free for SCMS members and $5 for the general public. Cash bar.

Eyedrum is an artist collective located in what was a long-vacant 1920’s building in south downtown. They are located at 88 Forsyth St, Atlanta GA, 30303. It is located three blocks south of Five Points MARTA station (exit towards Forsyth St), or is quick 10-minute Uber from conference hotel.

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For inquiries, please email gregory.zinman@lmc.gatech.edu or kdjuarez@gmail.com.

MORE LIGHT is sponsored by the Experimental Film and Media, CinemArts, and the Nontheatrical Scholarly Interest Groups in the Society for Cinema and Media Studies; the School of Media, Literature, and Communication at Georgia Tech; liquid blackness: a research group in the Department of Communication at Georgia State University; Eyedrum; Contraband Cinema; and Dashboard Co-op.

Additional support has been provided by students Alan Aguirre, Georgia State University, Ariel Thilenius, Georgia Tech; installation by Jordan Stubbs; and graphic design by Karen Tauches.