Artist

Chris Hill

Chris Hill is a media curator, artist and educator born and living in the U.S. She received an MFA in Media Study and Photography from SUNY Buffalo (1984), and from 1984-96 was Video Curator at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo, where she also served as president of the board of BCAM, a start up public access organization (1990-93). Hill curated the 17-hour collection Surveying the First Decade: Video Art & Alternative Media in the U.S. (1968-1980), distributed by Video Data Bank (1996, re-released on DVD 2008), that has been distributed to over 400 museums and universities internationally; she also edited the accompanying resource guide Rewind. Her website Walking Trips in Czech Lands (1996) featured interviews with 9 artists, documentarians, and editors who had been active in the underground arts scene prior to the 1989 Velvet Revolution in (former) Czechoslovakia. Recent curatorial work has examined documentary media on the U.S. incarceration crisis (Habeas Corpus: You Have the Body). Publications include an interview with media curator and educator Keiko Sei about her work on the Thai-Burma border in Risk (2008, ed. John Welchman), and an essay on new media artist Barbara Lattanzi’s “idiomorphic” software projects that appropriate the editing strategies of 1970s experimental films, published in Millennium Film Journal (2003). From 1997-2008 Hill taught on the Media Arts faculty at Antioch College (Ohio), where she curated a series of Documentary Institutes (1998-2001), and served in the faculty leadership (2007-09) on legal and community educational initiatives that challenged the college’s 2008 closure. Hill is currently a member of the Executive Collective of the Nonstop Institute, an arts and educational center in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Sweetness & Labor (2006-10), her current production focus, is a suite of media projects and that engage ideas about communications systems, public space, and beekeeping.

Videography

Critical Writing

Dialogue Across Decades:: BLW and People's Communication Network...
by Chris Hill. Journal of Film and Video, Spring 2012, v. 64, no. 1-2.
(Re)Performing the Archive: Barbara Lattanzi & Hollis Frampton in...
by Chris Hill. Millenium Film Journal, Winter 2003, no. 39/40.
I'm Having A Flashback: Video Data Bank revisits video's formative...
by Danielle Schwartz. The Independent, July 1997.
Surveying the First Decade: Video Art and Alternative Media in the...
by Chris Hill. Video Data Bank, 1996.
Self-lessness: Buffalo Gals
by Sandra Haar. Fuse, June 1990, v. 13, no. 5.
Buffalo Gals go 'round feminism
by Donna Lypchuk. Metropolis, Feb. 8, 1990.
Lattanzi's Latest: An Attentional Waveform
by Chris Hill. The Squealer, 1989.
Landscapes of Address
by Chris Hill. Infermental 7, 1988. Buffalo: Hallwalls, Inc., 1988.