An Evening With Fred Barzyk

Updated date: Thursday, February 5th from 7:30pm-9:30pm

A special event to coincide with the exhibition Otto Piene & Electronic Art in New England.

For more than ten years Fred Barzyk was the Director of WGBH’s New Television Workshop. This groundbreaking program started with the production of The Medium is the Medium, the first time in the U.S. that artists were allowed in a broadcast television station. The artists included Allan Kaprow, Nam June Paik, Otto Piene, James Seawright, Thomas Tadlock and Aldo Tambellini. Each produced a short experimental video and Otto Piene’s Electronic Light Ballet is in the present exhibition, Otto Piene & Electronic Art in New England. Boston Cyberarts Director George Fifield will sit down with Barzyk and discuss this prescient program and Barzyk’s subsequent involvement with the most cutting edge artists of the time followed by a Q&A.

When: Thursday, Feb. 5th, 7:30pm
Where: Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain, MA
Presenter: Fred Barzyk
Free event
RSVP to  or on our Facebook event. Space is limited.

About Fred Barzyk

Fred Barzyk has produced and directed television programs for PBS, HBO, NBC, ABC, and CBS. He was awarded VENICE FILM AWARD in 1985 for best Television Director Worldwide for his HBO drama, Countdown to Looking Glass, and the PEABODY Award for the drama Tender Places. Mr. Barzyk has been noted for his work with some of America’s finest actors — Matt Dillon, Christian Slater, John Taylor Thomas, Claire Danes and others. Mr. Barzyk is also noted for his experimental work — the first double channel TV drama (two home TV’s and two broadcast channels were needed for viewing), the first interactive TV drama for Qube, and the first Video Art work.

Boston Cyberarts Special Projects, a series of ongoing projects, offer arts exhibitions, music and dance events throughout the year.

We are currently welcoming submissions for the twelfth  round. Proposals are due midnight, Sunday, October 12. Participation is limited to Massachusetts residents. For more info, click here.

Read about Art on the Marquee here:

Up Now at the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion (between State St. & Atlantic Ave.) is Chunky Frog Time by Brian Knep

Chunky Frog Time is a new generative art installation by Brian Knep, created for the Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center located on Boston’s Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. The Welcome Center is the visitor information center for the Boston Harbor Islands national park area. Starting Friday, June 27th and running only after sunset, the animation is of a frog swimming against the tide of time, cycling from tadpole to juvenile and back with each kick. Moving across an ever changing made-made landscape, the frog’s struggles represent the ebb and flow on the islands, as well as the relationship between nature and our idea of nature.

Otto Piene & Electronic Art in New England

January 10 – February 15, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, January 9, 2015, 6 – 8pm

The Boston Cyberarts Gallery is pleased to announce its first exhibition in 2015, Otto Piene & Electronic Art in New England, which will examine Otto Piene and his role as a founding figure in art and technology in New England.

The exhibition will document the range of Otto Piene’s work in Boston from 1967 through 2014 and its international reach. It will present an inflatable sculpture, videos, projections, photographs and ephemera to document the key moments in Piene’s career, the many electronic artists who came through CAVS and thus the development of art and technology in New England. A series of Wednesday evening symposia on key elements in Piene’s art and history in Boston will be announced shortly.

The exhibition is curated by George Fifield, Joseph Ketner II, and John Powell and draws extensively from the CAVS archives at MIT.


Click here for exhibitions.  141 Green Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. Located in the Green Street T Station on the Orange Line. 617-522-6710


The Boston Cyberarts Festival was the first and largest collaboration of artists working in new technologies in all media in North America, encompassing visual arts, dance, music, electronic literature, web art, and public art. From the first Festival in 1999 to the last in 2011, thousands of artists exhibited, performed and entertained hundreds of thousands of festival goers. Please visit the Festival Archive for highlights of the past festivals.

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