“art video”

Peter Campus, withdrawal and extension

The Musée du Jeu de Paume is devoting a rare and beautiful retrospective to the work of Peter Campus, a video-art pioneer who remains too little known in France. From collective introspection to the serenity of his recent years, we take a glimpse at his trajectory. It’s a shame how rare are the opportunities that arise to see Peter Campus’ work in France. Only one appearance stands out in the last five years. That was in 2015, at the Galerie mfc-michèle didier exhibition “Anarchive, Affinités / Diversités”, presenting a collection of interactive multimedia projects. On that occasion, Peter Campus’ video offshore (2013) was presented: a fixed shot of the banks of Shinnecock Bay (New York State) synthesized into large reworked pixels. The last solo exhibition of Peter Campus in France dates all the way back to 1993: a project at La Box, the gallery of the École Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Bourges. And there’s a good reason for this rarity… If Peter Campus’ video work is so little displayed, it’s because they’re a real headache to show. Regarding Optical Sockets (1972-1973), made up of four video-surveillance cameras placed on tripods on floor-level, each at a corner of a square, with four monitors superimposing the images of visitors penetrating the field of the camera’s range, the video artist exclaims: “We took two days simply to adjust the settings of this installation!” More than mere logistical issues, his setups also gave him cause to worry about the endurance of his work. “Once the work is switched off, it’s over. It’s not as if it could stay present like a sculpture in a museum. I didn’t know if my installations could live more than a few years,” he explained to Mathilde Roman in the exhibition catalogue. With “peter campus, video ergo sum”,...

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Auction house Vincent Wapler to host art video sale

Paris, 4 December 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). On 29 January 2014, auction house Vincent Wapler is to host, at Drouot, its first sale dedicated exclusively to video art. The auction house hopes to further explore this medium, and to highlight its importance by offering a session dedicated to 16mm and 35mm films, VHS, DVDs and Internet streams created by contemporary artists. Scheduled on the day of the anniversary of Nam June Paik’s death, an artist who is considered to be a master of video art (d. 29 January 2006), this sale event is also bringing together such iconic artists as Tony Oursler with a 1998 video installation entitled Hole, valued at €60,000, and Takahiko Iimura with a piece from 1963 entitled Ai (Love) with music by Yoko Ono. Also to feature at the session are works by younger artists who are already renowned in the domain of contemporary art, such as Samuel Rousseau, Mircea Cantor, Jeanne Susplugas, Carole Benzaken, Alain Declercq, and Bérengère Henin, who was noticed at the Salon de Montrouge 2011 with his work Yo MOMA. Works by filmmaker César Pesquera, winner of the Festival OFF award in Barcelona and the art video prize at the Young Director Awards, are also to be offered at the sale. Valuations for the works on offer range between €1,000 and €100,000. “With a few exceptions, the market still ignores the technological arts,” explains Arnaud Brument, the expert linked to this sale. “It is nearly always the same names which come back; Bill Viola, Bruce Nauman, Nam June Paik, and possibly Pipilotti Rist and Marina Abramovic […] The highest results remain well below the expected estimates,” he...

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Video art by Wang Jianwei’s in Beijing

Beijing, 13 September 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Beijing’s Long March Space gallery is hosting “Output of the Labor Force” an exhibition of works by Wang Jianwei, to run from 14 September to 13 October 2013. From his emergeance in the 1970s, Jianwei has been widely considered to be one of the pioneering figures of contemporary Chinese art. His current practice is focused upon multimedia installations, though the artist previously studied painting, existentialism, Chinese history and philosophy. Jianwei’s work is based on the links between beings, concepts and matter, focusing on ideas of “connections” and “relationships”, recurring themes in the artist’s work, which are often explored through video pieces. This latest project furthers the artist’s work on the dialectic between interior and exterior spaces. “Output of the Labor Force on Timeline” is inspired by the true story of a sixteen-year-old girl who followed her parents to the city where they had moved. The project is composed of five video channels simultaneously broadcasting five “public scenes” based on five different stories. Through these pieces, the artist questions the boundaries between the real, imaginary, and the fictional. Jianwei has seen a rapid rise in popularity in the past few years, having participated in a number of exhibitions including the Venice...

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Moussa Sarr accuses, at the Martine and Thibault de la Châtre gallery

Paris, 23 May 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Martine and Thibault de la Châtre gallery in Paris is presenting the first exhibition dedicated to video artist Moussa Sarr. This exhibition benefits from the support of the National Centre of Visual Art, as part of its programme to help inaugural exhibitions. Entitled “J’accuse”, the show is running from 26 May to 23 June 2012. Moussa Sarr is most often the principal actor in his videos. Through them, he creates a discourse full of derision and humour, encouraging his audience to experience the “elegance of despair”. The at times serious, at others farcical, stories that he tells through his works are “fables without morals”, which are open to diverse intepretations. Sarr is taking a gamble by attempting to open people’s consciences and causing insubordination through giving lectures on modern French society, in which he criticises the the prejudices that exist in it, but also also communitarian temptation, among many other things. His final gamble comes with the name of the exhibition: “J’accuse” being a famous text by Emile Zola, written in reaction of the Dreyfus Affair that rocked France in...

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Loop Art Fair, from 31 May to 2 June in Barcelona

Barcelona, 29 March 2012, Art media Agency (AMA). Screen from Barcelona is organising the tenth edition of the Loop Art fair as part of the Screen Festival. This fair is dedicated to new video and video art and will be taking place in the rooms of the Hotel Catalonia Ramblas. It is bringing together some 50 invited galleries from Spain, France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Germany, the United States, and Japan. Artists to be featured in the fair include Andrea Mastrovito, Kondo Akino, Anja Kirschner + David Panos, Carlos Irijalba, Floriant + Michael Quistrebert & Shana Moulton, Julien Prévieux, Moussa Sarr, and Richard T. Waker. The fair’s selection committee was presided over by French collector Jean-Conrad Lemaitre, and included his wife Isabella Lemaitre, as well as the collectors and managers of the Fabrique à Marseille Marc and Josée Gensollen, and Californian gallery owner Christopher Grimes. One section of the fair, which will be curated by Brazilian critic, editor, and documentary-maker Paula Alzugaray, concentrates on South American art and design. Alzugaray has notably worked with the Pompidou in 2011, and with the Screen Festival in 2006. She is  currently preparing a doctorate paper at the Pontifical Catholic University of São...

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