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RECORD>AGAIN! 40YEARSVIDEOART.DE – Part 2

02.02.2012 – 04.03.2012

 

 

RECORD>AGAIN! 40YEARSVIDEOART.DE – Part 2

 

 

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design

University of Dundee, Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4HN

 

 

RECORD>AGAIN! 40yearsvideoart.de – Part 2 is the second phase of a remarkable project 40jahrevideokunst.de, initiated by the German Federal Cultural Foundation in 2006. Under the direction of ZKM Karlsruhe (Centre for Art & Media Technology), five leading German museums have worked in collaboration for the realisation of the project, which aims to preserve, restore and disseminate one of the most influential art forms of the 20th century; Video Art.

Including many works that have not been seen for decades, the exhibition features over 40 outstanding video pieces made between 1968 and 2008. Highlights include a rare work by Ulrike Rosenbach with her partner at the time, Klaus vom Bruch, the boxing match from 1972 that Joseph Beuys participated in at the documenta 5, and the first video synthesizer collages by Walter Schröder-Limmer.

 

The exhibition focuses exclusively on the medium of video and the core mission of the project, which is preservation, not canonisation. Many works from the history of video were considered untraceable, lost or no longer playable. The project’s main concern is to save these works from deteriorating while at the same time reconstructing the history of the video movement as a whole.