Tuesday, January 18th, 2011, 7:00pm

International Commons
Carole Weinstein International Center, University of Richmond

Image (Left): Tom Sherman, “Exclusive Memory,” 180 Minutes, 1987. Courtesy of the Artist.
Image (Right): Portrait of the Artist, 2010, Courtesy Yolande Pottie-Sherman.

Tom Sherman has been making video art for forty years. In his time video as a technology and culture has exploded. In 1970 people didn’t have a clue about video, whereas today video is everywhere, streaming across social media platforms like YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook and cities are blanketed by video surveillance. Phones are the new camcorders. As we become drenched with video experience it is fascinating to review how artists have embodied the medium over time. Artists, as early adopters, threw themselves into relationships with video machines before anyone knew how it would accelerate psychological or social change. Video is a powerful instrument for examining the world and establishing and updating identity through an instant, real-time point of view. Tom Sherman’s opening presentation at FEEDBACK: Video by Artists will delve into how video affects personal image, identity, memory and hope.

Biography: Tom Sherman is an artist and writer. He works in video, radio and performance. His interdisciplinary art has been exhibited internationally, including shows at the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Venice Biennale. The Banff Centre Press published Before and After the I-Bomb: An Artist in the Information Environment, an extensive anthology of his texts in 2002. He was awarded the Bell Canada Award for excellence in video art in 2003 and received the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2010. Sherman is a professor in the Department of Transmedia at Syracuse University in New York.

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