A celebrated avant-garde artist, Beryl Korot helped pioneer video art with her multi-monitor installations. Korot earned a BA in English literature from Queens College in 1967 and soon after joined a video art collective called the Raindance Corporation. Attracted to video art because it was such a new field that there were few—if any—rules or conventions, Korot used the concept of weaving to create installations where multiple screens displayed interconnected images, as in her Dachau 1974, with its interplay between footage of the camp’s barracks and ovens with imagery of life in the nearby, bucolic town. She followed this in 1977 with Text and Commentary, which blended video, drawings, and woven strips of linen, a precursor to her work in the 1980s which focused more on painting than on video. She returned to video in the 1990s, collaborating with her husband, composer Steve Reich, on The Cave (a meditation on religion) and Three Tales (a video opera using the Hindenburg crash, nuclear weapons tests, and the death of Dolly the cloned sheep to explore humanity’s relationship with technology). Korot also contributed to her artistic genre as founding coeditor of Radical Software in the 1970s, the first periodical devoted to video art.
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