What We’re Reading Now: The Rise of Moving Image Art

As the current pandemic has forced many cultural events and spaces to close their doors, consumer appetite for online experiences has been booming. The unexpected situation is ushering in a golden age of virtual media, making good on the initial promise of digital, while offering new life and unprecedented access to some of the world’s cultural touchstones, some previously financially or physically inaccessible. While the world largely remains physically isolated, digital media is offering a bridge to an exciting range of experiences.

Discover what Forbes, The Guardian, Spear’s Magazine and others have to say on how moving image art is experiencing a breakthrough.

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A Rising Demand For Video Art Redefines The Gallery Business

Originally published by Forbes

During the days of the global COVID pandemic, video art was suddenly everywhere: from major industry headlines to local news reports. The most expensive living artist, David Hockney has created video art for Telegraph Magazine while in lockdown in France. In North Carolina, Ian Berry artist presented a public video art piece celebrating the region’s textile heritage and essential service workers. As museums rushed to upgrade their virtual programming, the digitally-native art has been finally gaining momentum…

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‘It’s great if you’re bored with Netflix’: video art flourishes in lockdown

Originally published by The Guardian

Shana Moulton with Nick Hallett Act one from Whispering Pines 10, 2016. video-still Photograph: Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich

Video Art is experiencing a breakthrough- which started even before coronavirus quarantined culture online. “Coronavirus pandemic has made video art the most essential and accessible art form” – Barbara London, The former MoMA video art curator. As the art world has adapted to the reality of the pandemic lockdown with online exhibitions, video artworks started occupying the space once filled by physical exhibitions. Moving image art is flourishing…

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In Unusual Move, Top Collector Julia Stoschek Makes Essential Video Art Available for Free Online

Originally published by Artnews

Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Büsi, 2001.COURTESY THE ARTISTS

Few collectors have placed as great an emphasis on moving-image art as Julia Stoschek.  Julia has amassed more than 850 works that include many of the most important films, videos, and digital works of the past 50 years. With most of the art world moving online during the COVID closures, the German collector has taken some of her holdings digital too. “From the very beginning, film and video were driven by a democratic impulse and ideas of circulation that were supposed to enable access to art on a wider scale,” Stoschek told ARTnews

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Tired of Netflix? Stream experimental film and video art

Originally published by Hyperallergic

From That which identifies them like the eye of the Cyclops (2015), dir. Beatriz Santiago Muñoz (image courtesy the filmmaker)

The multidisciplinary artist Kate Lain started a simple Google spreadsheet called “Cabin Fever” in the hopes of gathering links to experimental films she could send to her students once classes were moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lain divided her “playlist” into sections, such as “For when you need to laugh or smile,” “For when you wanna sing & dance,” and even “For when you just want to scream or break something.” In less than two weeks, Lain’s spreadsheet has grown to include hundreds of experimental films and artists’ moving image works from around the world…

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Introducing ‘art for the digital age’

Originally published by Spear’s Magazine

“We live in a digital age, defined by technology and the growth of the online world, and that is altering the way we experience art. Increasingly, it means film and software have become the paint, the screen has become the canvas and a new destination for art…” – Rob Anders, Co-founder & CEO at Niio

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