chronology: 1995 to present

" the nea tapes " documentary and archive:

November, 2006 - Santa Fe Art Institute, Artists in Residence for DECONSUMPTION insitu.

October 25-28, 2006 - SECAC / MACAA, Southeastern College Art Conference and the Mid-America College Art Association at Vanderbilt University in Nashville Tennessee. Eidia lecture on answering back to censorship in the arts.

September, 2006 - Lamarre and Wolf begin shooting for "B.C." a documentary about the 2006 MFA graduate class of Brooklyn College which had their exhibitions censored and partially destroyed.

April, 2006 - "the nea tapes" screened in forum at Millsaps College, Jackson Mississippi, entitled: WHAT YOUR GOVERNMENT DOES NOT CONSIDER ART: THE INFAMOUS HISTORY OF THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS (NEA).

March 2006 - a screening of "the nea tapes" at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

January, 2006 - Human Rights Film Festival screening of "the nea tapes" Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Florida.

October, 2005 - DECONSUMPTION insitu installation is formally launched from the Eidia House studio; Artist's lecture and screening "the nea tapes" at University of Arkansas, Little Rock, as part of the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC).

April, 2005 - Lamarre and Wolf interviewed by Liberation Iannillo, publisher of TRIGGER Magazine, about their new film project, to be posted online May 2005."

March, 2005 - To date, well over 200 of the top colleges, universities and art institutes have ordered " the nea tapes."

November, 2004 - " the nea tapes " was invited into the Detroit Docs Film Festival and reviewed in the Detroit Metro Times news, arts and culture weekly.

August, 2004 - Book launch at Printed Matter, NYC for the WE APOLOGIZE book, a hand bound limited edition of 100, created in collaboration with artist Charwei Tsai. In the WE APOLOGIZE book Lamarre and Wolf (aka EIDIA) apologize for all the bad art they have made since beginning their collaboration in 1986.

January 28, 2004 - We lectured with the film presentation at Olivet College, Olivet Michigan.

December 3, 2003 - The film is presented at the New School University, New York City, for class addressing; "Taboos, Censorship and the Subversive Image."

October 29, 2003 - Presentation at Vanderbilt University with a six person panel discussions. (Bill Ivey, former chair of National Endowment for the Arts participated.)

September 24, 2003 -   " the nea tapes " film screening and visiting artists presentation at the invitation of Concordia and McGill Universities in Montreal, Canada.

July 15, 2003 - The film screening in Cincinnati Ohio at Xavier University, Kelley Auditorium, panelists included: Jami Goldstein - Ohio Arts Council; Paul Lamarre " the nea tapes "; William Messer - International Art Critics Association - USA Section and Svetlana Mintcheva - National Coalition Against Censorship.

July 13, 2003 - Presentations of the film with panels in Cambridge Massachusetts at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center; panelists included: Shelley Neill, CMAC (moderator); Elizabeth Bacon, Education Director Preservation Worcester;  Anthony J Boff, Storyteller; Jim Smith, Executive Director, Cambridge Cetner for Adult Education; and the filmmakers.

December 3, 2002 - The documentary was shown (with Melissa Wolf present) at the Boulder Public Library, Boulder Colorado. (Free Speech TV is the Films for Change sponsor for AIVF Regional Salon in Boulder.)

November 30 , 2002 - Article "For freedom of expression, there's always a war on" by Mary Voelz Chandler in the The Rocky Mountain News, Denver Colorado.

November 27, 2002 - The filmmakers are interviewed by KGNU, Boulder Community Radio
for Behind the Scenes Hosted by Mahlia Lindquist.

November 20 / 21, 2002 - " the nea tapes " was included (with filmmakers present) at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in : The New Gatekeepers: A Conference on Free Expression in the Arts.

November 3, 2002 - The filmmakers are interviewed by WBFO, Buffalo Public Radio.

October 24, 2002 - The filmmakers are interviewed by Alabama Public Television, (APT).

October / November, 2002- A tour of the film (with the filmmakers present) took place in the following locations; Huntsville, Alabama, at the Lowe Mill (October 22); Birmingham, Alabama, at Space One Eleven (October 24); Jackson, Mississippi, at Jackson State University, (October 25); New Orleans, Louisiana, at Zeitgeist (October 27); and November 4 in Buffalo, New York at Hallwalls, where the city cut all arts funding.

August 2002- The film has been acquired by the following libraries: University of Texas at San Antonio, Vanderbilt University, Rutgers University, Hampshire College, Pratt Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Vassar College, Notre Dame, Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, University of Michigan, and University of Pennsylvania.

December 2001 - The Independent Film & Video Monthly, article by Richard Baimbridge, ³From Cooking Lessons To Saving The NEA At Eidia House².

November 22- 30, 2001 - " the nea tapes " participates in Docs For Sale; International Documentary Festival Amsterdam.

October 16, 2001 - " the nea tapes " screened at Anthology Film Archives, New York City.

April 2001 - the official nea tapes website,, is launched.

April 2000 - The Independent Film & Video Monthly, article by Ken Miller, “Witness For The Defense: The NEA Tapes.”

March 9-12, 2000 - screening and panel at ASU - Arizona State University, Tempe Performance Studies International (PSi 2000) Conference, Panelists: Tanya Augsburg Ph.D., bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Program, ASU, moderator; eidia, Paul Lamarre/Melissa Wolf, directors, " the nea tapes "; Tim Miller, performance artist, founding director, Highways, Los Angeles; David Olsen, Department of Communication, Cal State, Los Angeles and Sheree Rose, performance artist, Los Angeles.

February 26, 2000 - screening and panel at College Art Association Conference, New York City sponsored by National Coalition Against Censorship. Panelists: Maxwell Anderson, director of the Whitney Museum of American Art; Ronald Feldman, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts (moderator); Alan J. Friedman, chair, Cultural Institutions Group & director, NY Hall of Science; Valerie Jaudon, artist, New York City; and Mary Miss, artist, New York City.

February, 2000 - Zingmagazine, “Framing Aesthetic Research” article by Tanya Augsburg, about the " the nea tapes ".

December 4-11, 1999 - screening at Millennium’s Neighborhood, Judson Church, New York City.

December 9, 1999 - screening and panel at at the New York Society Ethical Culture, co-sponsored by New York Civil Liberties Union, The Nation magazine, National Coalition Against Censorship, and People for the American Way. Opening remarks - Norman Siegel, director New York Civil Liberties Union; Panelists: Arthur Eisenberg, legal director NYCLU; Katha Pollitt, columnist Nation Magazine; Christopher Durang, playwright; and Ted Berger, director New York Foundation for the Arts.

November 11,1999 - San Antonio Current, “NEA-Saying On Tape,”an article by Steven G. Kellman reviewing " the nea tapes " screening in San Antonio, Texas.

October 15, 1999 - screening at Finesilver Gallery, San Antonio, Texas.

September 22, 1999 - screening in The Capitol Building Washington D.C., with introduction by US Representative Jerrold Nadler.

September 24, 1999 - a screening at Filmmakers Collaborative New York City.

September 18, 1999 - screening at MOXIE! the Santa Monica Film Festival, in cooperation with ARTS/LA, Bergamot Station Arts Center, Santa Monica, California.

August 1998 - a six minute section " the nea tapes " (work in progress) was broadcast twice on Bravo and the Independent Film Channel; John Pierson’s Split Screen show, (reaching 16 million homes).

January 1998 - " the nea tapes " (a work in progress) awarded the Soros Documentary Fund Fellowship.

November 12, 1997 - Lecture and " the nea tapes " documentary (a work in progress #4) screening at Oberwelt e.v. Gallery in Stuttgart, Germany.

November 7 - 30, 1997 - " the nea tapes " documentary and Eidia House Installation at Peripherie Gallery at Sudhaus, Tübingen, Germany.

October 27, 1997 - " the nea tapes " documentary (a work in progress #4) screened at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art Snug Harbor by the Cultural Council on the Arts & Humanities for Staten Island. Candidates for Staten Island’s Congressional District; Vito Fossella and Eric Vitaliano, were invited to state their position on continued federal funding for the arts.

July 1997 - " the nea tapes " documentary (a work in progress #4) screened at Clocktower, Institute for Art and Urban Resources presented by P.S. 1 Contemporary Arts Center.

May 1997 - Article about " the nea tapes " in Swiss Newspaper “Neue Zürcher Zeitung.” " the nea tapes " at Art Exchange in digital Kiosk, courtesy Zingmagazine.

April / May 1997 - " the nea tapes " (a work in progress #3) airs on Free Speech Television –31 cable stations, 31 states to 8 million homes.

April 1997 - The exhibitionist magazine; “Assassination of the NEA or the Following is Not Funded by the NEA” by Paul Lamarre and Melissa Wolf; " the nea tapes " interviews transcribed as feature article.

February 1997 - “The nea papers” by Paul Lamarre and Melissa Wolf; published in Zingmagazine.

December 1996 - The New York Kunsthalle, screening of " the nea tapes " (Work in Progress, #1, #2, #3).

September 1996 - " the nea tapes " (a work in progress #3) submitted to Congress.

August 1996 - The Independent Film & Video Monthly, volume 19 number 7, article: “CREATING TOOLS FOR THE CULTURE WARS, " the nea tapes " and Artistic Freedom Under Attack”.

April 1996 - “National Endowment for the Arts Rescue Plan” article, about the nea tapes in Flash Art International art magazine.

April 25, 1996 - Paul Lamarre and Melissa Wolf participate in “The Artist as Legislator”, A Town Hall Meeting sponsored by Movement Research and the Office of Manhattan Borough President, Ruth Messinger.

April 16, 1996 - Paul Lamarre and Melissa Wolf participate in “Money for Art”, Panel discussion at Judson Church sponsored by PS 122.

March 1996 - Airing of the first " the nea tapes " Public Service Announcement.

January 10, 1996 - " the nea tapes " (a work in progress) presented at “Cyber Suds” a multi-monitor screening at the Technology Center, 55 Broad, NYC. Organized by Rudin Management Corporation.

December 8, 1995 - Panel discussion, screening of " the nea tapes " (a work in progress #2) at PaceWildenstein Gallery, “WHY VOTE,” sponsored by 3rdWAVE, the Panelist were; Farai Chideya, Chuck Close, Bill T. Jones, Thelma Golden and Paul Lamarre.

November 25 & 26, 1995 - Filming of Public Service Announcement, 25 interviews conducted outside four New York City museums with the “man on the street”.

October 6-8, 1995 - " the nea tapes " (a work in progress #1 & #2) screened during the SOHO ARTS FESTIVAL, “The New Role of the Individual Artist and Politics,” at Holly Solomon Gallery, Printed Matter, Swiss Institute, Cristinerose Gallery, Thread Waxing Space and Lombard / Freid Fine Arts. Five hundred individuals sign a petition lending their names in support of the NEA, NEH, and IMS.

September 29, 1995 - " the nea tapes " (a work in progress #2) presented at the New School for Social Research in meeting with Advisory Committee of the Vera List Center for Art+Politics.

September 26, 1995 - Symposium: at the School of Visual Arts,”The Escalating War on Culture: the NEA, the Artist, and the Government”, including " the nea tapes " (a work in progress #2) and panelists Roger Kimball, Elaine King, Joseph Kosuth, Carole S. Vance, Suzanne Anker.

September 8, 1995 - Symposium: at the New York Kunsthalle, " the nea tapes " / EUROPEAN INFLUENCES. An 18 person panel of participants from Europe and " the nea tapes " (a work in progress #2)

July 12, 1995 - Symposium with " the nea tapes ", “The New Role of the Individual Artist in American Society”, at the Pollock-Krasner House, East Hampton with participants: Suzanne Anker, Sandra Edwards, Helen Harrison, Valerie Jaudon, Richard Kalina, Chris Kohan, Trudy C. Kramer, Paul Lamarre, Ron Morosan, Roy Nicholson, Jesse Rhines, and Melissa Wolf.

May 1995 - " the nea tapes " receives sponsorship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. The first benefit and screening of " the nea tapes " (a work in progress #1) is held at Lombard / Fried Fine Arts.

January 1995 - Beginning of " the nea tapes "; 43 individuals in the arts (New York City) are interviewed discussing the current arts funding crisis.

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