Monday, June 27, 2005

Video Art Log

D. and I were fooling around with FireANT for windows users this weekend and are seriously considering starting vlogs of our own.

This has been an interest I've had since I started watching video blogs and one that has garnered a bit of an argument with J. concerning artists and video and maintaining the gallery status quo.

So, the New York Times article on video art collecting this weekend was a timely read for me:
THE first odd thing about collecting video art is this: the medium came into being partly because artists wanted to make work that couldn't be collected. It was born in 1965 when Sony introduced the first portable video camera, attracting artists like Nam June Paik, Bruce Nauman, Joan Jonas and Vito Acconci. "The dream we had was art that couldn't be sold, but broadcast on television," the video artist Bill Viola said in a recent phone interview.

By the 1980's, however, dealers and artists were turning video into a commodity. Now prices range from a few thousand dollars to six figures. Though collectors aren't talking money, the Kramlichs' curator allows that the couple have spent "millions" amassing some 250 pieces.

Now, as during the beginnings of video art, we are presented with an opportunity. Do we adopt the inclusive new technology with it's ability to allow anyone a stage to present video (good or bad), or do we continue to adapt video art to accommodate the gallery market?


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