June 19-22, 2014

Art Basel 2014

Messeplatz, Basel

bitforms gallery

Hall 2.0 / Booth G8

bitforms gallery is pleased to announce its participation in Art Basel, taking place June 19-22, in Basel, Switzerland. For the art fair’s 2014 edition, the gallery will present Beryl Korot‘s groundbreaking four-channel video installation “Dachau 1974”, 1974. The exhibit coincides with the UK debut of “Dachau 1974” at the Tate Modern in London, where the work will be on view May 26 through November 30. Both presentations feature the new digitally remastered version of the artwork, a conservation project generously funded by the New Art Trust and Tate Modern, London.

Celebrating its 40th year anniversary, the installation “Dachau 1974” made its debut in March 1975 at The Kitchen in New York. “Dachau 1974″ is among the earliest examples of multiple-channel video art work, and focuses on the former concentration camp as a tourist site, as Beryl Korot found it in 1974. Recorded on 1/2″ reel to reel videotape, the work was edited by Korot on 1” tape. Today the piece is highly regarded in the canon of video art, for its powerful framing of place and time, in addition to the installation’s technical and structural rigor. It challenges the authority of a single-channel linear narrative and expands the video frame into a multiple-channel viewpoint.

“Dachau 1974” is known historically as the first piece to explore the relationship between the ancient technology of the handloom and contemporary programming of multiple video channels. Recognized since the early 1970s as a pioneer of video art, and of multiple channel work in particular, Korot explores the physical mark of human history and the programmatic structures of data that convey it. The rhythmic impulse in her compositions embrace text, weaving, and video.

On Friday, June 20, at 1:00 PM, Art Basel will present Beryl Korot in conversation with Mark Godfrey, curator at the Tate Modern and author of Abstraction and the Holocaust, as part of the Salon series of artist talks. The Swiss exhibition of “Dachau 1974” is also accompanied by a brochure that includes an interview with Korot, as well as a new text by artist Peter Campus.


Jan 18 – Jul 6, 2014.
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover NH. In Residence: Contemporary Artists at Dartmouth.

May 26 – Nov 30, 2014.
Tate Modern, London, UK. Transformed Visions. Collection display, Level 3, Room 4

1:00 PM, Friday, Jun 20, 2014.
Art Basel, Switzerland. Salon talk with Mark Godfrey and Beryl Korot.

Sep 11 – Dec 14, 2014.
The Drawing Center, New York, NY. Thread Lines, curated by Joanna Kleinberg Romanow

Oct 1, 2014 – Jan 5, 2015.
Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Boston, MA. Fiber: Sculpture 1960-present, curated by Jenelle Porter and touring to:
Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio (Jan 30 – Apr 5, 2015)
Des Moines Art Center, Iowa (May 2 – Aug 2, 2015)
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas (Aug 22 – Nov 29, 2015)

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