Since the inception of the Not Still Art Festival in 1996, when the first "call for entries" went out, tapes have been received from all over the world. Artists who felt isolated for lack of a venue devoted exclusively to their art form have travelled from Toronto, Virginia, Philadelphia, Boston, Rio de Janeiro and Hong Kong to see their work screened at the Festival.
Not Still Art wishes to increase public exposure to an artform that has evolved from the film cell format of the animations of the Cubist painters and the experimental filmmakers of the early 20th. century, to "real-time" electronic imaging with the development of analog video synthesizers in the 1970s and digital tools since the 1980s.
The ecstatic impulse found in the creation of abstract and non-narrative electronic motion imaging communicates universally and internationally.
The Festival has also exhibited classic video art programming.
- 1970s analog video synthesis by pioneer artists such as Peer Bode, Doris Chase,
Carol Goss, and Walter Wright on the Paik-Abe, Jones, Rutt-Etra, and Sandeen
- "Distressed" video by artists exploring the "taboo" range of the video and audio signal
- Performances on early computers such as the Amiga and Atari
Educational programs have included:
- Panels on video art: production, philosophy, art world context, new-media
- Workshops and demonstrations with analog and digital video art tools
- Streaming Media Art online discussion group
In 1999 the Festival began making the International Screening available to the artists so that they might screen it in their communities and local institutions.
Festival Director: Carol
The Not Still Art Festival is produced by artists for
artists. It has been sponsored by the Boston Cyberarts Festival, ONI
Gallery, Boston, the Boswell Museum, East Springfield, NY, Gallery 53 and
the Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY. In the past the festival
has been supposrted by Decentralization Program grants, which are made possible,
in part, with public funds from the New York State Council
on the Arts. In Otsego County the Decentralization Program is administered
by the Upper Catskill Community Council of the Arts. The Festival has
also been made posible with funds from the Presentation Funds Grant from the
Television Center, and promotional support from Media Alliance at WNET/Thirteen, FIVF/AIVF and the Bay Area Video Coalition.
Thanks to Telenet.net for graciously providing internet access and this website in support of the arts. Festival Director: Carol Goss