Media Arts Program

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.


Remains To Be Seen - Performing the Archive

a film by Sarah Elder
(2015), 25 min
Followed by a Presentation with:

Charles Clough, Artist
Peter F. Biehl, Archaeologist
Sarah Elder, Filmmaker
Laura McGough, Art Historian

In a public performance artist Charles Clough and archaeologist Peter Biehl unroll early remnants of a massive layered scroll created in Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center and stored for 40 years in a storage shed. The intriguing paper relic reveals the drawings and traces of the group of young visual artists in Buffalo, including Charles Clough, Robert Longo and Cindy Sherman, who founded Hallwalls in 1974. The film documents the performative unrolling in 2012 with interviews and historical photographs.

Sponsored by Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, UB Dept. of Media Study and the UB Art Galleries

About the Presenters:

Charles Clough attended Pratt Institute, Ontario College of Art, University at Buffalo and New York University. He established his art studio in 1971 and has presented work in more than 70 solo and 150 group exhibitions. He has received grants and fellowships from John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Circa 600 of his works are included in the permanent collections of 72 museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art and Smithsonian Museum of American Art. In 1974 Clough founded Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo with Robert Longo, Cindy Sherman, Michael Zwack, Nancy Dwyer, Diane Bertolo and others.

Sarah Elder is an international award-winning documentary filmmaker and Professor of Film and Documentary at the Univ. at Buffalo, Dept. of Media. Her research focuses on Alaska Native communities, ethical media practices and collaborative and participatory media making. Her feature documentary Drums of Winter was selected in 2006 to the prestigious National Film Registry, Library of Congress. Elder has won numerous national and international film awards and exhibited her films at the Museum of Modern Art, Anthropos, Flaherty, Margaret Mead Festival, Institut Lumiere, Cinématéque Française, Freiburg Film Forum, Musée de L'Homme, ARTE TV, International Center for Photography and the Smithsonian. Her current film project, Surviving Arctic Climate Change, looks at the consequences of global warming on a small Alaska Native village on the Bering Sea coast.

Peter F. Biehl is Professor of Anthropology and current Chair of the Dept. of Anthropology at the University at Buffalo. He is also Director of the Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology, a trustee of the Oscar Montelius Foundation of the European Assoc. of Archaeologists, a fellow of the German Archaeological Institute and the Society of Antiquaries of London. His research interests include European and Near Eastern Archaeology, with a concentration on visual imagery and representation, climate and culture change in the past and present, Museum and Heritage Studies and Digital Humanities. He has published 10 books and more than 100 articles and book chapters, and 6 exhibitions. He has directed four major archaeological field projects and is currently writing up the results of his project at the UNESCO World Culture Heritage Site of Çatalhöyük in Turkey.

Laura McGough is a media art historian, curator, and educator. She has organized exhibitions, screenings, performances and streaming content for arts organizations, museums and festivals in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia. She received an M.A. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from New York University and is completing a practice-based PhD in the Department of Media Study at the University at Buffalo. Her current research focuses on the turn to liveness within contemporary media arts. She served as the Critical Studies Fellow at Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2015/2016.