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minx on Tue, 30 Jan 2007 14:00:14 +0100 (CET)


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Re: <nettime> The Premature Birth of Video Art and Primera Generacion Video exhibition at Reina Sofia Madrid


Anyone interested in this thread might head for Primera Generacion an  
exhibition of video art from 1963-85 at the Reina Sofia Museum in  
Madrid which celebrates the Museum's newly acquired video collection.  
Both collection and exhibition were curated by Berta Sichel, Director  
of the Audio Visual Department at the museum. The first room contains  
the 1963 work by Wolf Vostell 6-TV-De-Collage (reconstructed by  
Vostell in 1995) alongside six works by Nam June Paik of the same  
year when both artists were manipulating TV signals. The last room in  
the exhibition also contains works by Paik and Vostell from the '80s.  
In between there are 33 installations (12 of them by women) and a  
database of 70 videos which viewers can browse. The collection is  
international and inclusive - the trajectory through the exhibition  
invites a reconsideration of the history of that period. A range of  
approaches is represented - Fluxus inspired work, critique of media,  
media intervention, monitor/ viewer relationship, performance,  
Feminism, influence of Conceptual Art and Minimalism. The  
installation is impeccable-it recreates the energy of that era.

It's an all too rare opportunity  to see these historic works and to  
see the history of that era laid out in a manner that addresses the  
dominant narrative by opening it up.

My interview with Berta Sichel about building this collection will be  
published in Afterimage May/June 2007.
Perry Bard

On Jan 18, 2007, at 11:33 AM, marcelo {AT} brumaria.net wrote:

> hi andreas and tom,
>
> apart from tom's concrete questioning of the actual myth of origins
> concerning video-art, i.e., the fact that there might be some  "practical"
<...>


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