press release

At a time when the nation is preoccupied with heightened security and surveillance, and the public is fascinated by Reality TV with its open and surreptitious video exposure of participants, the boundaries between performance, voluntary acting for the camera, and surveillance, involuntary recording on camera by power systems with an interest in the movement of citizens, become blurred.

Since the earliest days of video art in the mid-1960s, artists have negotiated the question of when surveillance becomes performance (and vise versa) and these concepts continue to be central to many video artists working today. This exhibition, which examines both the early days of video art and current practices, is an attempt to understand the complex relationship between the issues of performance, surveillance, and power. Included in the exhibition are works by some of the earliest practitioners, large-scale installations, newly commissioned pieces, and Jordan Crandall’s new film, Homefront.

Balance and Power: Performance and Surveillance in Video Art is curated by Michael Rush and organized by Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Balance and Power:
Performance and Surveillance in Video Art
Kurator: Michael Rush

Künstler: Jordan Crandall, Jenny Marketou, Antoni Muntadas & Marshall Reese, Jonas Mekas, Kristin Lucas ...