Wideoteka @ WRO art center
WRO, based in Wrocław, Poland, owns the largest collection of media art in Poland and now has launched of a new online video resource dedicated to presenting its thematic collections and multimedia publications that are no longer available in physical form. Continuously updated since 1989, WRO museum holds both Polish and international works, including video art, recordings and documentation of audio visual performances, multimedia objects, interactive installations and internet projects.
The first online collection „From Monument to Market“ illustrates the transformation of the materiality of public space and goes back to a publication of historical reviews of selected subjects in Polish media art in 2005: „From Monument to Market: Video Art and Public Space.“ Several subsequent WRO publications (including Józef Robakowski’s 2007 monograph Energetic Images: Bio-mechanical Recordings and The Hidden Decade: Polish Video Art 1985–1995, which came out in 2010) have appeared in a similar format, featuring articles on theoretical and historical topics in book form, accompanied by a set of DVDs offering an extensive curatorial selections of video works. The objective has been to present rarely seen video art works in their historical contexts and make them available both to specialists and to the general public.
In the original publication of From Monument to Market, Dieter Daniels wrote: „The distribution of media art is in a paradoxical situation: Works of art created in electronic-media formats make only limited use of the extraordinary potential for dissemination that is inherent to those media.“
Additionally you will find two great PDF ressources on the website:
1. „AC/DC/IT: krótka historia instalacji wideo“ // „AC/DC/IT: A Short History of Video Installations“
even tough published in polish language this one is recommended to have a closer look at if you are interested in historic video art (Nam June Paik, Bruce Naumann and others) and newer projects e.g. by Niklas Roy, whose project (Lumenoise) was presented on visual-society.com some time ago!
2. WIDOK. WRO MEDIA ART READER (issue 1) – „FROM ABSOLUTE CINEMA TO FUTURE FILM“
depicting interesting experiments with video tape and found footage. If you are interested in the historic development of vjing and current development in recycling and remix arts: That’s the file you should go for!
In the coming months, video.wrocenter.pl will also present video materials from two of WRO’s EU projects: „Artist Talk and DCA: Digitizing Contemporary Art“ as well as the video catalog of the exhibition „AC/DC/IT: A Short History of Video Installations“ and forthcoming publications from the series WIDOK: The WRO Media Art Reader.“
Have a look at the collection and the readers on the WRO web site: http://video.wrocenter.pl/
The WRO Art Center
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50-052 Wrocław, Poland
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