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Beryl Korot: "Babel: the 7 minute scroll" | Art21 "Exclusive"

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Published on Dec 3, 2010

Episode #130: Beryl Korot discusses a recent work — "Babel: the 7 minute scroll" (2007) — which takes the form as both a large-scale print and an animated digital video. With pictographs that reference ancient Egypt and the biblical story of the Tower of Babel, Korot's work investigates the history of tools and technology, language and narrative.

An early video-art pioneer and an internationally exhibited artist, Beryl Korot's multiple-channel (and multiple-monitor) video installation works explored the relationship between programming tools as diverse as the technology of the loom and multiple-channel video. For most of the 1980s, Korot concentrated on a series of paintings that were based on a language she created that was an analogue to the Latin alphabet. Drawing on her earlier interest in weaving and video as related technologies, she made most of these paintings on hand-woven and traditional linen canvas. More recently, she has collaborated with her husband, the composer Steve Reich, on "Three Tales," a documentary digital video opera in three acts that explores the way technology creates and frames our experience.

Learn more about Beryl Korot: http://www.art21.org/artists/beryl-korot

VIDEO | Producer: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interview: Wesley Miller. Camera & Sound: Nick Ravich. Editor: Mary Ann Toman. Artwork Courtesy: Beryl Korot.

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