I went to the University of Chicago this weekend and checked out some video art, ‘Adaptation‘ at the Smart Museum. It’s a great show of videos that make radical adaptations of familiar texts. The videos are simultaneously engaging and challenging, and have humor. Guy Ben-Ner, for example, turned his kitchen into a set for Moby Dick, in an inspiring economy of means. Kudos for the great companion website they made and continue to update, where viewers may see clips and interact with critical feedback. It’s so difficult to find clips of video art from the gallery/museum matrix online, so this is really appreciated.
Also, I noticed a beta version of their university-wide site is up. It’s really beautiful and functional.