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A revolutionary movement: VIDEO ART

A revolutionary movement: VIDEO ART

The art world as was to the 60s would never again be the same. The cause: the birth of a new artistic movement – video art. This new technique was based around the manipulation of sounds and images to create moving artistic forms that could be viewed through the television.

This new trend found its origin in the launch of the very first video camera – from Sony – which enabled artists to use the speed and the overlap in images in video clips to create works of art from them which would inspire critical reflection in the viewer.

The appearance of this new movement blew up the TV industry: now not only was there news and football shown, there was also the opportunity to see genuine works of art.

This new technique offered the possibility of employing different practices, such as single-channel, and video registers, community, objects and installations. Each of these features a different practice and serves a different purpose, enriching the wide range of work that can be created using this technique.

Many artists headed down this path, making of this new movement their career. The first to decide that this technique was a fine way to go were Nam June Paik and Wolf Vostell, who blazed a trail offering up their works of art within this movement.

They were swiftly followed by Bill Viola, who transferred features of Baroque and Renaissance art into the audio-visual sphere, and Joan Jonas, who used the new technique as a way of empowering the figure of the woman. These were just two of many artists to showcase features that comprise parts of the life of our species.

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