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Some thoughts on video art in relation to museums

Maarten recently came across this work by Hans Op De Beeck, in Museum Arnhem.

I enjoyed watching it, although it ends rather dark, but it made me wonder:
- How suitable a place is a museum for this sort of video art? To see the whole thing takes 20.48 minutes. Some museums are able to have a seperate darkened room with seating. Without such a room, I reckon most people stand still and watch for one or two minutes. A seperate video room with seating allows visitors to pause from sauntering trough the museum. I guess that would increase the chance of people watching more of it, or even the whole thing.
- If you have it on repeat, people often fall in the middle of it in stead of seeing it from start to finish. If the artist has made a video with a carefully build up story, seeing it that way won't do it justice.
- How can this art be acquired by museums or collectors? Do they buy a copy of it? Do they buy the ónly copy of it? Do they just buy or hire the right to have it on show, while the ownership remains with the artist?
- Alexander Calder used to do performances with little circus-figurines had had made. Those figurines are now part of museum collections; I enjoyed seeing some of them at the Calder exhibition at the Gemeentemuseum in 2012. How about the stuff used in video art like this? Is the art in the images, or could some of the stuff used for it be labelled as art as well?

Geplaatst op 04-02-2014.
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Reactie van Wilma

Toevallig vorige week Alexander Calder in het programma Close-Up op tv gezien, waarbij ze ook stukjes van zijn optreden met het kleine circus lieten zien. Erg leuk!

Reactie geplaatst op 2014-02-05.

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