Barbara London is a New York-based curator and writer, who founded the video-media exhibition and collection programs at The Museum of Modern Art, where she worked between 1973 and 2013. Her current projects include the book Video Art/The First Fifty Years (Phaidon: 2020), and the exhibition “Seeing Sound” (Independent Curators International, 2020-2024.) London organized one-person shows with such media mavericks as Laurie Anderson, Gary Hill, Joan Jonas, Nam June Paik, and Bill Viola. Between 1979 and 2013 she curated major thematic exhibitions at MoMA and she was the first to integrate the Internet as part of curatorial practice with Stir-fry, in 1994. London teaches at Columbia University, and previously at Yale. Her many honours include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Dora Maar House Residency, and most recently a Getty Research Institute Scholar Award and the Courage Award, both in 2016.
Lisa Steele has worked in collaboration with Kim Tomczak since 1983, producing videotapes, performances and photo/text works that have been exhibited in festivals, museums and galleries around the world. Their awards include the Bell Canada prize for excellence in Video Art, a Toronto Arts Award for Media Arts and in 2005, a Governor General’s Award for lifetime achievement in Visual & Media Arts. They are co-founders of Vtape, and until August 2019, both taught at the University of Toronto in The Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. Their installation work …before I wake was included in the inaugural Toronto Biennial of Art in 2019.
Barbara London and Lisa Steele in Conversation: Video/Art and Its Evolution