A History of Video Art

A History of Video Art

Is it really the 40th birthday of the consumer videotape recorder? The first portable video cameras came out 38 years ago (black and white, remember?). Imagine all of the footage that has been shot since the late sixties. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has compiled a great four-disc DVD collection showcasing the history of video art. Each 80-minute disc covers a different decade from the 1970’s to the early 21st century. In one clip from the 70's, a man says into the black and white camera, something close to, " in the future, we may all have video cameras."

Some segments covered news of the era, others were for humor, some for pure art, some recorded anthropological events and others were to communicate ideas. Each segment has information on the work and its history. From the subject matter to the tools and techniques, to the clothes people were wearing, this is a fascinating look back on the history of video art. The exhibition will be available through August, 2008 for free public presentations in museums, galleries, libraries, cultural centers, and schools outside the States. FYI: USExpress@vdb.org.

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