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"Text and Commentary"Beryl Korot

December 11, 2010

Featuring excerpts from her groundbreaking video installation Text and Commentary (1977), artist Beryl Korot discusses how information has been encoded in lines and patterns throughout human history, whether in print media, through video, or on a weaving loom

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Producer: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interview: Wesley Miller. Camera & Sound: Nick Ravich. Editor: Mary Ann Toman. Artwork Courtesy: Beryl Korot.

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Beryl Korot

Beryl Korot was born in 1945 in New York City. An early video-art pioneer, Korot explores how information has been encoded and transmitted through systems of lines and grids: the lines of a tapestry that are built by a loom, the lines of words that comprise a written text, and the scanned lines of information that create an image on a video screen. She applies these linear structures to her multichannel video installations, detailed schematic drawings, paintings, and weavings to create works that visualize the intersections of memory and history, language and thought, and technology and labor.

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“There was a time, I guess it was in the early 70s, that I found myself working in three mediums at the same time. The first one was a print medium, then video, and then the weaving loom, which I got interested in as the first computer on earth.”

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