Still image from Melrose Place of Amanda Woodward (Heather Locklear) presenting the "AP Ryder" Bottled Water campaign. (photo courtesy of the GALA Committee)
Artist talks and Reading Salon 11:00 a.m. Jennifer Hamilton and Louise K. Wilson 11:45 a.m. Gerri Ann Siwek 12: 30 p.m. Lunch 2:00 p.m. Ven Begamudré 2:30 p.m. Neal McLeod 3: 00 p.m. Break 3:15 p.m. Colleen Cutschall Space Camp 2000 Performance Cabaret 8:00 p.m. Melrose Space: Identity, and Politics in the Age of Global Media Constance Penley and Jon Lapointe for the GALA Committee The GALA Committee, a group comprised primarily of students and faculty from the University of Georgia and CalArts, conducted a two year collaboration between artists and prime-time television -- originally exhibited on the FOX network's Melrose Place . The group organized initially around the activity of developing site-specific art objects for the set of the popular television series. Starting with Melrose's Set Decorator, GALA's collaborative structure grew to include scholars, critics, artists, and the writers and producers of Melrose Place itself. One of these scholars, renowned feminist film theorist Constance Penley, along with artist Jon Lapointe, presented a performance incorporating and extending GALA's activities entitled The characters and stories often provided an opportunity to create pieces which addressed topics like gender, infectious diseases, violence, and environmental devastation. The project aimed to infiltrate and transform the medium, re-inventing television with interpretive, interactive possibilities. GALA moved public art into the most broadly communicative context possible -- primetime television. From the perspective of twenty years, it is easy to see how GALA tweaked it's historical predecessors -- ACT UP, Paper Tiger Television, and the Barbie Liberation Organization -- to develop a more viral strategy of infection and mutation that eventually spread through the whole electronic realm. Talk about uncertainty. Where does the television series end and the art video begin? Lesbian Love 3000 Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan The historical significance of Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan is arguable: with a body of work that encompasses "We're Talking Vulva," "A Day in The Life of A Bull-Dyke", and "Lesbian National Parks and Services," some scholars have suggested that these women were not artists at all, but simply two lonely spinsters (in the post-colonial prairie tradition) looking to meet girls (a worthy activity, but is it art?). Peculiar or prescient, Dempsey and Millan nonetheless refused to quit. In fact their performance for Space Camp 2000 (which they created specifically for the event), projected themselves well beyond their natural lifespans, and into the fourth millennium. "Lesbian Love 3000" is not easily described, nor is the fact that the duo never returned from the future-time into which the performance launched them. Music by Joan and DJ Naked, other performances TBA.