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Two European video and digital art experts to deliver guest lectures at Cornell Oct. 2 and 3

Two European video and digital art experts will deliver guest lectures on the Cornell campus Oct. 2 and 3 in conjunction with the new Cornell Graduate Program in Film and Video Studies.

In a unique collaboration with the Robert Flaherty Seminar at the Roy S. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College, pooled resources are bringing Muntadas and Anne-Marie Duguet to Ithaca. Muntadas is an internationally renowned conceptual artist from Spain, residing in New York City, who specializes in the dialogue among architecture, video and the media; Duguet is a leading international expert on video art, television and electronic and digital art.

Muntadas, whose installation projects, videotapes and World Wide Web sites have earned him international acclaim and inclusion in every major juried exhibition in electronic and video art, will speak on "Public Spaces/Censored Spaces," Thursday, Oct. 2, at 5 p.m. in Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium in Goldwin Smith Hall. His new CD-ROM, "Muntadas," developed with Duguet, will be premiered at Cornell.

Duguet, professor of art and criticism at the University of Paris, Sorbonne, and director of the Sorbonne Center of Aesthetic Research of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts -- France's leading academic program in the combined areas of theoretical study and production of cinema and video -- is an international expert on video art, television and electronic and digital art. Her seminar, delivered in French, will be "Le CD-ROM comme memiore des installations artistiques," on Friday, Oct. 3, at 4:30 p.m. in 164 Goldwin Smith Hall.

The prestigious Robert Flaherty Seminar in Film, an annual gathering of filmmakers, critics, curators and students held all over the world, will be at the Park School at Ithaca College, Oct. 4-5. At the seminar, Muntadas and Duguet will join Timothy Murray, professor of English at Cornell and director of Cornell's new Graduate Program in Film and Video Studies, in seminars on the video work of Muntadas and current explorations in digital art and technology. In addition, Murray and Duguet will co-curate, with an international team, an electronic gallery of Web sites and CD-ROM art that will be exhibited at the Park School during the seminar.

These Cornell events are funded by the Collaborative Research Program in the Humanities and sponsored by these Cornell groups: the Humanities Council, the Society for the Humanities, the Council for the Arts, the Program in Visual Studies, Romance Studies Department, French Studies Program, Architecture Department and College of Architecture, Art and Planning.

The lectures at Cornell are free and open to the public.

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