Video(S)torias

From: Friday, 15 April 2011

To: Sunday, 04 September 2011

Place: North Gallery

The exhibition title, VideoStories, highlights the plurality of gazes and narratives that are articulated within these groupings—two of which are organized according to formal concerns, while the other two fit within a theoretical framework.

Aware of these potential pitfalls, our survey is structured along four different thematic groupings: Teknés, Hybrids, Politics, Subjects. The exhibition title, VideoStories, highlights the plurality of gazes and narratives that are articulated within these groupings—two of which are organized according to formal concerns, while the other two fit within a theoretical framework.

These sections are not meant to be mutually exclusive, and each of the subgroups is in fact intimately related and complementary to the others, despite being, as viewers will see, legitimately autonomous and independent. With this in mind, the four exhibition sections have been structured according to a route that is marked on the floor. The resulting visual plan may remind many of the metro maps found in any contemporary city, with stops indicated for each of the works.

This configuration also conjures up the idea of a trip, one that allows viewers the possibility of selecting various itineraries, as well as transfers to other lines, or a complete loop of the entire show.The viewer is also afforded the possibility of selecting a final destination, since these last video installation stops, titled Próxima estación/ Next station, can be freely chosen by the visitor. In this final section, the visitor can see works that are not grouped along the main route, and aside from being set apart as potential last stops, the idea was to provide works that, as we have mentioned, form part of an “open” history. The exhibition structure is also intended to allude to those works of children's literature in which readers have a chance to “Choose their Own Adventure” and thus take an active role in developing the narrative.

Since the exhibition plan is organized along transversals rather than parallels, at certain points some of the works link up to two or more stops. This aspect emphasizes the network or rootlike structure of the exhibition, which is intended both physically and conceptually.

The objective is not to draw a conclusive analysis of how the medium has evolved, but to suggest four possible readings of this evolution based on the preceding concepts, with an open final destination and no intention of extracting any categorical conclusions.

Given the impossibility of including all the artists or works that are significant in this medium, or even the conceptual frameworks in which they evolved, we have proposed this exhibition as an adventure, and perhaps as a starting point.

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