Ludwig Forum


20 Sep 2015 - 01 May 2016

Videoarchive, Installation ViewsPhotos: Carl Brunn/ Ludwig Forum Aachen
Facing the Camera
20 September 2015 – 1 May 2016

Since its beginnings in the mid-1960s, Video has been intertwined with performance in a close and complex relationship. Artists immediately realized the potential of portable cameras to document and to disseminate both public and studio-bound performative actions.

The third exhibition in the Ludwig Forum series Video Archive explores how early video in relation to performance meant a medium of documentation and distribution, but also a genuinely artistic medium. In certain circumstances an action in front of the camera becomes an action for and with the camera, video as a tool becomes video as an artwork. Performance video becomes video performance.

The featured videos (among them well-known works by artists such as Joan Jonas and Bruce Nauman as well as rare documents from the archive) are part of the Ludwig Forum collection and the Video Archive research project, a collaboration of the Ludwig Forum Aachen with the art history department of the University of Cologne and the ZKM Centre for Arts and Media Karlsruhe. The project is funded by the Volkswagen-Stiftung.

Curated by Jenny Dirksen and Lou Jonas.


Tags: Joan Jonas, Bruce Nauman