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EXHIBITION: Video 2005

Old Habits Die Hard--
50 videos selected by 50 artists-run spaces and collectives, a video project organized by artists Lise Nellemann and Heman Chong for Sparwasser HQ (Berlin)

Exhibition/Screenings: February 5-26, 2005
Every Tuesdays-Fridays, 12:00-6PM

Reception: February 5, 2005, 12-6 PM

Artists' Talk: February 5, 3-5 PM


Art in General is pleased to present the New York City premiere of Old Habits Die Hard, a video project organized by Lise Nellemann (Denmark) and Heman Chong (Singapore) for the Berlin artists-run space Sparwasser HQ. This presentation is part of Art in General's 2005 Video Program to be held February 5-March 26, 2005.

For Old Habits Die Hard, fifty artist-run spaces and artist's networks were invited to submit what they considered the best video art work they have encountered. Old Habits Die Hard is organized in nine video programs that each feature between three to twenty videos and run for approximately one hour. From Februrary 5-26, 2005, the video programs will be screened at Art in General from Tuesdays thru Fridays, Noon to 6PM. From March 5-26, 2005, the videos and catalog materials of Old Habits Die Hard will be available at the Library of the Goethe-Institut New York, located at 1014 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028), where visitors can consult the video programs individually.

On Saturday, February 5, 3-5p.m., the artists organizers of Old Habits Die Hard, Lise Nellemann and Heman Chong, will join local artists' groups 16 Beaver and Glowlab, who participate in Old Habits Die Hard, at Art in General to discuss the contexts and practices of their artist's groups and networks.

Old Habits Die Hard was initially presented in Sparwasser HQ in the fall of 2003, and then began touring to various locations: Norwich Gallery, Norwich (January-February 2004); Kunstnernes hus Olso, Norway (February-March 2004); Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, as part of the exhibition Berlin North (January-April 2004); and Platform in Istanbul (March-April 2004), among others venues. Its presentation at Art in General, New York is the first in the Western Hemisphere.

Old Habits Die Hard is one in a series of exhibitions organized under the umbrella of a new, revamped version of Art in General's Annual Video Marathon. The Annual Video Marathon, begun in 1997, has been extended this year from a 12-hour event to an 8-week period of overlapping exhibitions, screenings, and discussions held from February 5-March 2005. During the first four weeks of the program, February 5-26, a new three-channel video by Michele O'Marah has a place here in the format of a solo exhibition, two video stations featuring compilations of video work, and Video Saturdays, a combination of public programs and screenings taking place during the month of February designed to generate a space for dialogue and exchange. On these days, programs invite you to search for Guy Debord, speculate on the roots of video art (or its end), discuss video collections, and critically address television. On Saturday, February 12, Jonathan Caouette, writer, editor, and director of the critically acclaimed film Tarnation will screen and discuss his film. This Video 2005 program is curated by Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy (Art in General) and Jeffrey Walkowiak (guest curator).


>projektgruppe< (Hamburg, Germany) > Ivan Yegoroff & Alexander Podoprigorov
16 Beaver (New York, USA) > Avi Mograbi
AIT (Tokyo, Japan) > Fhe Meiro Koizumi
AV-ARKKI (Helsinki, Finland) > Hanna Hasslahti
Blue Oyster Gallery (Dunedin, New Zealand) > Teresa Andrew
bordercartograph (Paris, France) > Art Oriént Objet
Capri (Berlin, Germany) > Vassiliea Stylianidou
Cubitt (London, UK) > Klaus Weber
Cuckoo (Aotearoa, New Zealand) > Tessa Laird
Enjoy (Welllington, New Zealand) > Amy Howden-Chapman & James Findlater
FAMEFAME (Toronto, Canada) > Daniel Borins & Jubal Brown
floating ip (Manchester, UK) > Tim Etchells & Hugo Glendinning
Fournos (Athens, Greece) > Nikos Giavropoulos
G.U.N, Galleri Uten Navn (Oslo, Norway) > Henriette Pedersen
Galleri Hlemmur (Iceland) > Markmid
Generator (Dundee, Scotland) > Rebecca Milling
Glowlab (New York, USA) > Lee Walton
Instant Coffee (Toronto, Canada) > Kevin Schmidt
Kings (Melbourne, Australia) > Robin Hely
le forum itnérant (Strasbourg, France) > George Cazenove
Mercer Union (Toronto, Canada) > Kika Thorne
Message Salon (Zürich, Switzerland) > Selina Trepp
Norwich Gallery (Norwich, UK) > Francis Lamb
O2 (Akureyri, Iceland) > Finnur Arnar
offspace (Vienna, Austria) > Gernot Wieland
P74 (Ljubljana, Slovenia) > Saso Vrabic
PAS (Prague, Czech Republic) > Jesper Alvaer
Planet 22 (Geneva, Switzerland) > Horten
Platform (Vaasa, Finland) > Marcus Lerviks
Program Angels / lothringer13 (Munich, Germany) > Monochrom (J. Grenzfurthner & L. Sauermann)
Raid Projects (Los Angeles, USA)
> Tim Braden
RAIN (Los Angeles, USA) > Rachel Mayeri
rum46 (Aarhus, Denmark) > Morten Larsen
S1 Artspace (Sheffield, UK) > TC McCormack
Sauna (Stockholm, Sweden) > Cecilia Lundqvist
Signal (Malmö, Sweden) > Natalie Djurberg
SMP (Marseille, France) > Tere Recarens
Sparwasser HQ (Berlin, Germany) > Deborah Ligorio
Switchspace (Glasgow, Scotland) > Craig Mulholland
The Danger Museum (Oslo, Norway / Tokyo, Japan / Singapore) > Ann Elise Pettersen & Anne Berit Nedland
The Deste Foundation (Athens, Greece) > Morgan Showalter
The Dirt Palace (Provience, USA) > Xander Marro
THE SWOLLEN PLATFORM (Berlin, Germany) > Kristen Smith
Transmission (Glasgow, Scotland) > Duncan Campbell
United Net-Works (Stockholm, Sweden) > Ola Pehrson
Unwetter (Berlin, Germany) > Ingrid Molnar
VIDEOART CENTER Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan) > Masayuki Kawai
Videotage (Hongkong, China) > Ellen Pau
West Space (Melbourne, Australia) > Dominic Redfern
Western Front (Vancouver, Canada) > Nicole Raufeisen & Ryan Witt

As part of the project, Sparwasser HQ also created an online catalog that includes notes on the videos, information on the artists, and a database with links to the participating artist-run spaces and networks. This online component of the project serves to map and catalogue fifty international artist's collectives and networks operating today.
Related Events

February 5: Saturday 12-6p.m. Opening: Peacehead, Video Stations, Old Habits Die Hard. 3-5 p.m. Discussion by artists Lise Nellemann (SHQ), Heman Chong (SHQ), Christina Ray (Glowlab), and other artists.

February 9: Wednesday 6-7 p.m. Second Wednesdays: Tribeca galleries remain open late for the public. Join us for an informal conversation and drinks with the curators of the video program. 7-8:30 p.m. Conversation with Artist in Residence Jan Estep, followed by a reception. The artist will present her past projects, and the developments of her new work.

February 12: Saturday 12-3 p.m. Screening: New York City Premier of Alice in Wonderland (or Who is Guy Debord)? by Robert Cauble (23'20 minutes; loop). 3-6 p.m. Screening of Tarnation and conversation with film director, writer, and editor Jonathan Cauoette.

February 19: Saturday, 3-6 p.m. "Art Criticism by Artists," an Art Tools Workshop led by Artist in Residence Jan Estep. This workshop is designed for artists who are writing or are interested in writing about contemporary art and culture. Free; but space is limited. For more information, please contact or call (212) 219-0473, extension 29. 4-6 p.m. Presentation of videos and discussion with Christopher Eamon, curator of the Kramlich Collection and director of the New Art Trust.

February 26: Saturday 12-4 p.m. Screening: New York City Premier of The Iberoamerican Trilogy by Martin Sastre (45 minutes; loop all day). 4-6 p.m. Transmission of Television (an Address), by Francois Boucher with Armando Silva.

March 5: Saturday, 7-9 p.m. Exhibition Opening of Ad Infinitum: The Optimist and the Skeptic by Artist in Residence Jan Estep. Concurrently opening in Gallery 6: No Convenient Subway Stops, a group exhibition with video works by Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Sebastián Diaz Morales, Mario Garcia Torres, Sabine Gruffat, MK12 Studio, Randy Moore, and Lisi Raskin. (Reception for Members of Art in General from 6-7 p.m.)


About Art in General

Founded by artists in 1981, Art in General is a nonprofit arts organization that provides a laboratory-like environment for emerging artists as well as those underrepresented in museums and commercial galleries. In 20 years, the organization has emerged as one of New York City's leading nonprofit arts organizations devoted to supporting and stimulating the creation of contemporary art to provide an environment in which artists can exhibit unconventional work and exchange ideas with their peers and has exhibited the work of nearly 4,000 artists working across a wide range of media, including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, site-specific installation, audio, video, performance, and new media.


The Video 2005 Program at Art in General are made possible through the generous support of the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; The Experimental Television Center's Presentation Funds program supported by the New York State Council on the Arts; and the Jerome Foundation. Additional support has been provided by the New Art Trust, San Francisco; James Patterson; and Gregory R. Miller. Artists Lise Nellemann and Heman Chong received the support of the Senatsverwaltung für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur Projektförderungen, Germany.

General support of Art in General is provided by General Tools Manufacturing Company, LLC; the Abraham and Lillian Rosenberg Foundation; Seymour and Dorothy Weinstein Foundation; Starry Night Fund of the Tides Foundation; New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; Carnegie Corporation of New York; Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the Jerome Foundation; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; JPMorgan Chase; Miller-Sweezy Charitable Trust; Bloomberg LP; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; The Cowles Charitable Trust; The Liman Foundation; Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts; The Zephyr Trust; and by individuals. Art in General is a member of the National Association of Artists' Organizations (NAAO), American Association of Museums (AAM), College Art Association (CAA), Arts & Business Council, and Media Alliance.