“5e Semaine Internationale De Video”

Saint-Gervais Genève

For its fifth biennial festival of video, Saint-Gervais Genève organized the week’s activities around the theme of video in context. These activities included, among other things, a competition for new video works, two installations by Bill Viola and one each by Dan Graham and Vito Acconci, retrospective surveys of the videos of Viola and French artist Robert Cahen and the films and videos of Acconci, as well as a series of lectures by Acconci, Viola, Jean-Christophe Ammann of the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, and Philippe Grandrieux of the French/German-coproduced arts television channel Arte.

The issue of context for video works was specifically defined as a concern with presentation—on a monitor, projected on a small-scale or cinematic screen, or as part of an installation—but it also referred to the relatively recent acceptance of video in museums and other large-scale art

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