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Video Art between Utopias & Anti-utopias

janvier 13, 2015

At Moving Image Istanbul, Sabin Bors interviews Barbara Polla and many other gallerists about video-art. To read all conversations please click here.

Barbara Polla : This is a video only art fair and video does deserve that special attention. Istanbul is a vibrant place in every respect and in contemporary art particularly – and video! Moving Image Istanbul is an utopia…

In Paris, we created another utopia : VIDEOFOREVER. Three years ago, I have started in Paris a bimonthly evening of video projections, each time on a different theme, called VIDEOFOREVER , which aims to promote video art. These regular events now have their fans, and it has become a “social” event as well as an event promoting the integration of the most edgy aspects of video within the history of art, thanks to the outstanding regular contributions of art critic and historian Paul Ardenne.

Whether narrative or not, video does require time: the narrative thread is not the essential reason for that time requirement, it’s more about the movement, the internal clock of the images, the art. The fact that video does require time is one of the reasons why I am so interested in that medium. A video that is able to catch the eye and keep the viewer still for the time of its duration is not only a work of art, it is also a work of sanity.
I hope that soon there will be not only school programs but whole schools teaching video. Education is a prerequisite – as in any field. Education avoids unconscious reproduction of previous work. While any use of past work is potentially interesting, it has to be acknowledged to be acceptable. hy I am so interested in that medium. A video that is able to catch the eye and keep the viewer still for the time of its duration is not only a work of art, it is also a work of sanity.

I would like the moving images of art videos to be first of all an artistic experience, before being a social experience. But isn’t any artistic experience also a social one?

Снимок экрана 2014-06-13 в 15.26.54Elena Kovylina’s Equality (produced in St. Petersburg by Manifesta 2014) was displayed at Moving Image Istanbul

Thanks to the organizers!

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