Art of the 20th Century III: Action goes viral

Action goes viral
Technology and mass media communication in performative production


David Harvey’s idea of time-space compression in postmodernity (1990) can be connected to the rise of Video Art. Video has not only offered new ways of communication, but also worked as a rapid ways of producing actions. The Portapaks, launched by Sony in the 1960s, were fully self-contained portable or mobile video systems and consisted of ½-inch B&W VTRs (video-tape recorders) and cameras. A story that involves the Portapak exemplifies well Harvey’s ideas: According to media historian Deirdre Boyle, Korean artist Nam June Paik purchased the first version of the Sony Portapak in 1965 and recorded his first videotape while traveling in a cab in New York. Paik also showed the footage in an event later, on the same day it was recorded. The seminar’s program starts by looking into the visual communication technology development of the last century, the effects of mass media communication and the impacts in western society. For instance, in the work of artists, who appropriated from video and television as a space for producing art or for criticizing the medium and transforming its social and cultural meanings. It continues by examining the implementation of digital technology, when the acceleration in exchange and consumption acquires even larger proportions: with the appearance of Internet the circulation of information achieves even vaster speed. Information occurs simultaneously, if not prior, to actions, which no longer are kept inside the white cube.

Thursday 27.03.2014, from 16:00 to 18:00 at Room M13a

Thursday 03.04.2014, from 11:00 to 15:00 at Room M13a

Thursday 10.04.2014, from 13:00 to 17:00 at Room M13a

Thursday 08.05.2014, from 10:00 to 12:00 at Room M20

Thursday 15.05.2014, from 10:00 to 12:00 at Room M20

Thursday 22.05.2014, from 10:00 to 12:00 at Room M20

Friday 06.06.2014, from 15:00 to 19:00 at Room M20

Thursday 12.06.2014, from 10:00 to 12:00 at Room M20

Thursday 26.06.2014, from 10:00 to 12:00 at Room M20


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