Still from the video «Hyper-TV». Container TV, Berne, 1981.
Video art and “scene groove”
Members of the video scene of the 1980s were not only politically committed. They also created artistic and experimental videos.
The video technology, developed in the 1970s, held an irresistible fascination for activists and artists of the 1980s. The new medium was not only cheap in production it also offered new possibilities for innovative creations. Picture-in-picture compositions, collages, colour alterations and insertion of text: these were techniques, which were not previously possible with film in this way. Surprising, cryptic and even crazy videos were the result.
Experimental video on TV culture. Fragments of TV shows, news broadcasts, feature films, TV ads, and other programs are woven into a collage and visually altered. A parody on the zeitgeist as shown on TV. Source: rebelvideo.ch
In this video comic, the hero—inspired by Freud, Marx, and Bogart—is being cast away from Zurich over Casablanca, Portofino, and Moscow to the top of Rigi: arms trades, KGB, and mountain fever plague him, but his investigative sense for the supernatural makes him dance over the abyss and finally fall for the beguiling scent of his client. Source: rebelvideo.ch
National Museum Zürich
18.08. – 15.10.2017
The exhibition shows works from the earliest video makers, explores their careers and highlights their ideas and the impact on today’s culture and society. As a part of a cross-media-project, the videos and comments are also available online at www.rebelvideo.ch.
Part of the programme at the next LAKRITZ on the 5th of October at the National Museum Zurich, curator Heinz Nigg talks with guest about the video art movement of the 1980s.