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Ed Halter On Jeff Krulik

By Mike Everleth ⋅ January 8, 2008

If you live in NYC, do yourself a favor and attend a lecture on master documentarian Jeff Krulik, king of the Heavy Metal Parking Lot, which will be given by the ubiquitous Ed Halter (yes, him again). The lecture is going to be held on Thursday, Jan. 10 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. I can only assume that this lecture will kick all kinds of major ass, so it’s your own damn fault if you miss out.

The lecture is going to be held at Art in General, which is located at 79 Walker St., and it’s a part of AiG’s weekend-long 10th annual video marathon, which they call Medium Cool. This is how AiG describes the event:

Through two days of screenings, three events, and a dedicated website, the Marathon looks at a range of video practices, including early experiments within the media itself, while dealing with issues of video distribution and copyright, the making of (art) history and legacy through moving images, and the general impact of technology on contemporary culture.

They’ll also be exhibiting work by video artists Bad Beuys Entertainment, Lene Berg, Ida Ekblad, Haris Epaminonda, Sascha Hahn, Nate Harrison, Annika Larsson, Lars Laumann, Guthrie Lonergan, Anders Nordby, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, and Stephen Sutcliffe.

As for Ed’s lecture, here’s what he’ll be covering:

In his talk, Halter addresses the utopian hopes and mundane realities of public access television, the question of “fan-dom” and subjectivity, underground VHS bootlegging as proto-file-sharing, criticism of art and comedy, and the challenge of defining the term “artist,” and in particular, “video artist.”

Just sounds like a lot of fun to me as I’ve praised Krulik’s work over the years on this site and Ed’s a good, interesting guy. I’m a big, big fan of both guys. I also just recently subscribed to Jeff’s YouTube channel where he’s posted, and continues to add, a ton of great videos made both by himself and friends.

Visit the Art in General website for more info on the lecture and on their video marathon. But here’s the relevant data:

Thursday, Jan. 10, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.:
“Ed Halter: Regarding Jeff’s People”
Art in General
79 Walker St.
New York NY 10013