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VIDEO REWIND

— A look back to early video works from the 1970s and 1980s

18 — 27 May 2017

This exhibition series, which takes place across different areas of the city and connects with other sections of the LOOP 2017's program, includes five works dating from 1974 to 1983.

This exhibition series, which takes place across different areas of the city and connects with other sections of the LOOP 2017 program includes five works dating from 1974 to 1983. They form a reflection of a golden era in the evolution of a medium that was still quite new at the time. They recall the frenzied transition from black and white to color; the roughness of analogue to the dawn of digital media; the emergence of open reel tapes in both professional and everyday formats — the evolution of a technique that was once somewhat cryptic into increasingly common and ubiquitous terms, and everything that involves. As much as they offer relief in some artistic respects, they consider, among other things, an antagonistic view of television, a scan of optical and electronic hardware involving video and hybrids, the growth and development — in space and beyond the screen — a medium that takes real time as source material. They address the memory of places and shadows of history in a recent but still dark and murky past (Korot); the icons of modern society and the spectacle of a future of intense consumerism (Ant Farm); mechanical perception as an initial step toward hypothetical “artificial vision” (Steina); the pursuit of a visual kinship with the social sciences (Muntadas) and a subjective pictorial narrative of light, landscape and the interior journey (Lucier).

Selected works

Beryl Korot, 'Dachau 1974,' 1974
Multichannel Installation, MUHBA (Museu d'Història de la Ciutat)
Chip Lord, "Media Burn," 1975
Single channel projection, Parking Ortigosa
Steina Vasulka, "Machine Vision," 1978
Multichannel installation, CosmoCaixa
Mary Lucier, "Ohio to Giverny: Memory of Light," 1983
Single channel installation, MNAC (Museu Nacional d'Història de Catalunya)
Muntadas, "Pamplona-Grazalema," 1975-1980