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Release: Nov. 17, 2000

EDITOR'S NOTE: Hyphen in Trans-lation is correct.

Intermedia, Dortmund University collaborate in video/performance program

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two weeks of "frenetic" preparations will come to fruition tonight and Saturday when students from the University of Iowa's Intermedia and Video Art Program and Germany's University of Dortmund will present live programs of cutting-edge video and performance.

The first collaborative program will air live from 8:30 to 10 p.m. on Iowa City Public Access TV Channel 2. Those interested in meeting the artists behind the production can view the program on a large-screen television at Serendipity, 702 S. Gilbert.

From 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, the students will present "An Intercultural Event: Uber-Setzung/Trans-lation in the Lasansky Wing of the University of Iowa Museum of Art. A reception will follow from 3 to 4 p.m.

The events are free and open to the public.

The Intermedia and Video Art program, founded in 1968 within the UI's School of Art and Art History, is devoted to experimental and interdisciplinary art forms. The program is well known for being on the cutting edge of aesthetic thought and practice. It is also known for its visiting artist program, which since the early 1970s has brought major figures in the experimental arts to the university and the Iowa City community.

The goal of the Intermedia and Video Art program is to create conditions under which students evolve conceptually and aesthetically. Students learn to merge scholarly practices with workshop practices, and break down the barriers between so-called academic and creative areas.
The work involves "hands-on" experience in production of video art, performance, and installation, as well as, the creation of objects.

Steven Strait, educational media coordinator for Intermedia, said the UI and Dortmund University have taken part in various cultural exchanges both in Iowa City and Germany over the past four years.

"There've been a number of very large, well attended events in Europe," Strait said. "The nature of this particular project is interesting in that a theme is set. So when the students arrive from Germany, they have only two weeks to develop their presentations. This makes it kind of an all-out, frenetic kind of process. People have been working on their videos night and day."

For more information contact Steven Strait at (319) 335-3907.