12 Dec 2020

Video Art and Experimental Cinema

In the mid-1960s, a new expressive medium appeared, which combined artistic movements of the time, theoretical ideas and new technological developments. Throughout the course of the 20th century, the technological development in the fields of photography and cinematography was accompanied by an ever-increasing interest of artists in the new art form, resulting from the coupling of art and technology.

Cinema, television, video art and various other hybrid forms of visual expression, which suggest a more "temporal" or "spatio-temporal" dimension to art, are gradually being included in visual production.

Many historians believe that it was "born" on the day that Nam June Paik in 1965 videotaped the visit of Pope Paul VI to New York with a portable Sony Portapak and showed it the same night at the artistic hangout Café a GoGo. Since then a multitude of important artists have used video in a variety of ways: in single or multiple projections/installations, action recordings, performance and multimedia applications.

Some of the most important representatives of the first generation of video artists, such as Bruce Nauman, Vito Acconci, Peter Campus, , Martha Rosler and Joan Jonas, used and experimented with the new medium in an exploratory way and have a great influence on the younger generations of artists to this day.

Presentation: Sylvia Nikolaidou

With the support of the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture.


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