Co-curated by Sarah Cook and Kathy Rae Huffman, 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’.
Works presented ranged from Bill Viola’s Reverse Television — Portraits of Viewers (1984), where he filmed American television viewers and broadcast the footage back out at them as they watched television, to Shaina Anand’s Khirkee Yaan Project (2006) from New Delhi, an exploration of what happens when you connect people via an open circuit TV system.
The exhibition included artists: Active Ingredient (Rachel Jacobs / Matt Watkins), Shaina Anand, Ian Breakwell, Chris Burden, Stan Douglas, Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz, Alistair Gentry, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Doug Hall, Chip Lord and Jody Proctor, Joanie 4 Jackie (Miranda July et al.), Pat Naldi and Wendy Kirkup, TV Swansong (curated by Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie), Bill Viola, Van Gogh TV, 56Ktv Bastard Channel (curated by Reinhard Storz / xcult.org).
The exhibition toured to Cornerhouse, Manchester from 13 June to 10 August 2008.
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.