Channel Too is the sequel to Channel, which occurred at the AVA
Gallery in May 1999. This event received acclaim in both local and
national press and brought Johannesburg based artist Stephen
Hobbs and Pretoria based artist Minnette Vari to Cape Town.
Channel Too with the support of the French Institute begins with an
initial phase of internet based conferences and exchanges, during
which artists discuss their own work, backgrounds and techniques
with one another.
The following hands on collaborative phase will take place at the
Michaelis School of Art. Works created at the end of this process will
be exhibited at the Association for Visual Arts Gallery, in Church
Street, Cape Town.
Local artists will benefit through collaborating with renowned French
new media artist Valery Grancher. This will stimulate new insights for
artists and provide opportunities for further exchanges locally and
This project will broaden the video art and new media debate and
allow new insight into these mediums. As this project is happening in
partnership with the new digital media department at the Michaelis
School of Art, artists will have access to high tech video equipment
and the expertise of internationally respected artist and associate
Professor Malcolm Payne. Through various mediums i.e. Video,
internet, web cameras and other digital media the project aims to
stimulate interaction and collaboration between the artists from
This will help in fostering a broader understanding of technology
based art forms and their role in modern digital based society. The
initial phase of the project will make use of the internet as a dynamic
tool for exchanging and pooling resources and ideas. The second
phase will be a face to face interaction where the physical
components of the event would are produced i.e. video editing and
designing of the exhibition area and specific web pages.