The artists who explored video as an art form in its formative years were highly influenced by movements and concepts from Fluxism, performance art, body art, Arte Povera, pop art, minimalist sculpture, conceptual art, avant-garde music, experimental film, contemporary dance and theatre, and a diverse range of other cross-disciplinary cultural activities and theoretical discourses.
Electromorphologies brings together some of video art’s key exponents and highlights some of the conceptual directions of this multifarious art form, and includes projections and monitor work by Peter Campus, David Hall, Mona Hatoum, Gary Hill, Joan Jonas, Bruce Nauman, Paul Sharits, Bill Viola, Steina and Woody Vasulka.
The exhibition, which is curated by Vince Briffa, focuses on two areas of artistic concern and handpicks key works that manifest artists’ engagement with the many layers of language, particularly those of a conceptual and linguistic nature, also including works that propose audio-visuality’s aesthetic as a new language of creative expression.
Newsbook.com.mt spoke to Leo Chircop of Valletta Contemporary who explained: “Electromorphologies is a unique exhibition that groups the greatest pioneers of video art in Valletta Contemporary. From fantastical narratives to self-portraiture, Electromorphologies will take you in a world where video was becoming the forefront medium of expression.”
The exhibition coincides with this year’s 22nd annual Digital Research in the Humanities & Arts (DRHA) conference and exhibition happening in Malta between the 9th and 12th of September and hosted by Fondazzjoni Kreattivitá as part of the Spazju Kreattiv programme.
Electromorphologies will take place between the 14th September and the 28th September 2018 at Valletta Contemporary in East Street, Valletta from Tuesdays to Fridays from 10.30am to 7.00pm.