Video Art Video

Students of Modern & Contemporary Art Practices (Art 179E HM, Spring 2019)

April 9, 2019, 4:15-5:30 p.m.
Platt Green Room, Harvey Mudd College

A crowded room where people chat and view video artworks displayed on a long table.
“Video Art Video,” a pop-up exhibition

Video art is “video made by visual artists."

It emerged in the 1960s with the release of portable video cameras by Sony. Artists gravitated toward the new medium for its experimental possibilities. It was a medium that seemingly had no history. Due to the rudimentary technology available, most early video art was characterized by “real-time, grainy, black and white recordings.” Other video artists experimented with the technology itself, manipulating the equipment or creating different delayed effects and feedback loops.

This exhibition of student artworks recollects the radical potential enjoyed by the early video art pioneers of moving art out of the gallery and museums and re-examines the medium's capability to spontaneously and instantaneously record and present moving images anywhere, today from the screens of phones, tablets and laptops to the internet.

Nearly 100 videos by the students of Modern & Contemporary Art Practices (Art 179E HM, Spring 2019) will play simultaneously.

Modern & Contemporary Art Practices is taught by Professor Ken Fandell.

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