Trans, like the fluid medium of video, promises movement. The trans in transculturation — that complex ongoing process of cultural mixture, exchange, alteration, and invention — moves within, between, and also beyond the intricate border zones of geopolitical place, identity, body, and consciousness
What can video do, not only as a complex tool of documentation, alteration, and fabrication but also as an affective agent of transfer, transport, and transformation? Bringing together works that employ different aesthetic tactics to take on the pressing political question of movement and change, the exhibition features works made with video technology or transferred to digital video by international artists Ursula Biemann, Ximena Cuevas, Richard Fung, Jayce Salloum, Yinka Shonibare, Tobaron Waxman, and Carrie Mae Weems. Exploring transnational tourism and migration, transhistory, destruction, and revolution, transcultural exchanges, AIDS, love and transmission, and gender, sexuality, and transformation, the assembled works suggest connections between and among issues that are often held apart.
Curated by Jill H. Casid, Assistant Professor of Visual Culture Studies in the Department of Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Transvideo exhibition in the museum’s new media gallery has been organized in conjunction with “Trans: A Visual Culture Conference” hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, October 19-22, 2006.