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Time-Based Media Art

Leo Villareal, Multiverse, 20082008

Leo Villareal, Multiverse, 2008, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), computer, and electronic circuitry, Gift of Victoria and Roger Sant and Sharon P. and Jay Rockefeller, 2009.115.1

Time-based media art depends on technology and has a durational element that is experienced by viewers over time. The Gallery’s small but growing collection reflects artists’ diverse use of technology to create captivating and thought-provoking work. Dating from the 1960s to the present, time-based media art at the Gallery features videos, films, audio and digital installations, and computer software-based art by some of the leaders in field, including Bruce ConnerRineke DijkstraNam June PaikBill Viola, and Jane and Louise Wilson. For a spectacular example, visit the moving walkway in the East Building concourse to experience Leo Villareal’s Multiverse (2008).

In 2017 the Gallery established the interdepartmental Time-Based Media Art Working Group to develop and maintain its procedures for collecting, exhibiting, and preserving these distinct artworks. Group members educate gallery staff on important issues related to the installation and care of time-based media art and foster public discussions with specialists in the field.