A Short History of Video Installations

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With A Short History of Video Installations, the WRO Art Center launched a series of exhibitions marking the 50th birthday of electronic art. Each show in the series, which is planned for 2012/2013, will present various stages and forms in the development of electronic media art since the early 1960s.

The starring role is taken by video, which – by creating new means of communication – became much more than an appealing tool for avant-garde artists. With its unprecedented convenience and directness, video incited revolutionary changes in the function of the image throughout contemporary culture, which discovered and recorded new directions for itself through its use of the medium.

The history of electronic media is also a history of technology. What were recently cutting-edge devices and standards now have the status of museum pieces.

A Short History of Video Installations presents a range of works, including installations prepared specially by WRO for this exhibition, that make reference to classic pieces by Nam June Paik, Bruce Nauman, Paul Sharits and Wojciech Bruszewski, juxtaposed with interactive systems designed by Paweł Janicki and Bartosz Konieczny to allow viewers to survey, experience and explore a wealth of archival material.

Concept: Piotr Krajewski

Implementation: The WRO Art Center Team

Opening: 7 PM, Thursday, March 15th 2012
open through May 18th 2012