Friday, May 11, 2018

“Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1994” at MIT List Visual Arts Center


An apt time for a reassessment of art's dealing's w/r/t televisual media as its new versions are given artistic gloss of "critically examine" or "recontextualisation" or whatever of their affective strategies and not simply deploying its effects in a sacred setting. Many would likely admit they were surely.  An exhibition cross-sectioning an artistic period by the genre of medium seems to place an inordinate amount of weight on that medium, but its true, television televisions cultural cudgel made and impact, and we developed feeling towards its taking us hostage. It was like Mickey Mouse appearing in so many paintings of the era, the bubbling up of our oppressors in the hands they helped mold themselves.

Cerith Wyn Evans at Museo Tamayo