Various Artists, Broadcast Yourself, 2008. Photo: Louise Hepworth. Courtesy of AV Festival 08

Sarah Cook and Kathy Rae Huffman, co-curators of the Broadcast Yourself exhibition at the Hatton Gallery, facilitated an informal question and answer session at the Star and Shadow Cinema. This was followed by a panel discussion and presentations from some of the international artists included in the exhibition including Shaina Anand from Mumbai, Karel Dudesek from VanGoghTV, Active Ingredient (Matt Watkins and Rachel Jacobs) of MakeTV and TV producer Maria Pallier.

Broadcast Yourself is an international group exhibition that contextualises the current trend of sharing videos online (on websites such as YouTube) through the presentation of works of video art and web-based art from the 1970s to the 1990s. It includes the work of a diverse group of artists who have challenged television culture and questioned what it means to undertake the personal act of putting oneself ‘on-air’.

Sarah Cook is a curator and writer based in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. She is a Reader at the University of Sunderland where she co-founded and co-edits CRUMB, the online resource for curators of new media art and teaches on the MA Curating course. Having grown up in Canada, she has a longstanding association with The Banff Center where she has worked as a guest curator and researcher in residence. After completing her PhD in 2004, she worked as adjunct curator of new media at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art funded by the AHRC and in 2008 was the inaugural curatorial fellow at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center in New York. Sarah has curated and co-curated international exhibitions including Database Imaginary (2004), The Art Formerly Known As New Media (2005) and Broadcast Yourself (2008).

Kathy Rae Huffman is an independent curator. She has commissioned artists, written about and coordinated events for a variety of international festivals and organisations since the 1980s. Huffman received an MFA in Exhibition Design from California State University Long Beach, where she also completed the post-graduate course in Museum Studies. She has held curatorial posts at the Long Beach Museum of Art (1979-1984) and The ICA Boston (1984-1990). She was professor of electronic art and director of EMAC at RPI, Troy, New York (1998-2000). She was Visual Arts Director at Cornerhouse, Manchester from 2002-2008, where her curatorial work included: Art TV (for The Getty Museum), Nick Crowe: Commemorative Glass, Marcel Odenbach: The Idea of Africa and Zineb Sedira:Telling stories with differences amongst others.

Co-curated by Sarah Cook and Kathy Rae Huffman. Touring exhibition produced by AV Festival 08 and Cornerhouse in collaboration with Hatton Gallery. Supported by Arts Council England, CRUMB at the University of Sunderland, and The Leverhulme Trust.
Seminar: Broadcast Yourself


Sun 2 March 2008, 11.30am

Star and Shadow Cinema

Stepney Bank
Newcastle NE1 2NP