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Video Primer

April 7, 2001 - March 24, 2002

Technological advances are transforming video art: video projection artists'' projects take on cinematic proportions, digital technology allows creators to transform video imagery in increasingly complex ways and the Internet is providing artists with new venues and audiences for their work. Video Primer, a year-long series of five consecutive programs, opening at the Art Gallery of Ontario on April 7, 2001 and running until March 24, 2002, explores the medium’s fascinating evolution. The explored themes - medium, television, personal stories, masquerade and language --- are subjects that have engaged video artists from the outset, and the series includes works by video''s pioneers as well as subsequent generations of practitioners. Works are limited to those that can be presented with a monitor, a VCR and a videocassette tape, not unlike the average home video set-up. From this place of shared knowledge, Video Primer invites viewers to consider how artists'' concerns, ideas and methods have evolved over the medium''s 30-year history. Based on a technology that has only been around since the mid 60’s, video art does not have the lengthy genealogy that informs our understanding of more traditional artistic media. Its presence at international art fairs and biennials is ubiquitous, and festivals, screenings and exhibitions dedicated to this medium are becoming increasingly frequent and prominent. More and more, its practitioners appear on the shortlists of important awards and prizes. Video Primer includes work by 50 established and emerging artists from Canada, the United States and various other countries.


1. The Medium - April 7 to June 17, 2001

charles biname
Charles Binamé, Réaction 26 (1971)

2. Television - June 19 to August 26, 2001

Mike Hoolboom, Hey Madonna (1997)

3. Personal Stories - August 28 to November 4, 2001

mary kanuk
Mary Kanuk, Aqtuqsi (1996)

4. Masquerade - November 6, 2001 to January 13, 2002

collin campbell
Colin Campbell, Culver City Limits (1977)

5. Language - January 15 to March 24, 2002

benny nemerofsky
Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Je Changerais d’Avis (2000)

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