For the first edition of UNTITLED, Anita Beckers will be showing the development of video and media art throughout the past decades. Beginning with Peter Weibel and Analivia Cordeiro, the booth C7 will also feature works by San Francisco artist Kota Ezawa, renowned interactive media artists Sommerer & Mignonneau and New York-based artist Federico Solmi.
The video M3x3 (1973) by Analivia Cordeiro is accredited with being the first Brazilian video art piece, as well as, being, overall, the first video dance piece. This historical work, in black and white, is a pioneer in computer dance. It pushes the limits of the new and, at the time, unexplored practices in a society with little access to technology.
Peter Weibel is mostly known for his theoretical work and his direction of the new media art center, ZKM in Karlsruhe. His early works exerted a powerful influence over the generations to come. Through his art practice Peter Weibel created a new theoretical context, which affirmed individuality as a construct. Weibel was also one of the founders of and coined the term, Wiener Aktionismus (Viennese Actionism). Today, he is considered one of the leading experts in the field of technology based art.
Exploring the ways we use history and its constructions, Kota Ezawa describes his own practice as a form of “video archaeology.” Using iconic archival news or film footage, Ezawa addresses how we only remember the past through mediated images – from television, newspapers, cinema – and the dangers which this entails.
Sommerer & Mignonneau's are considered pioneers of interactive art. They have been exploring the limits of technology since the 1990s. Their newest interactive installation, Portrait on the Fly, consists of a monitor that shows a swarm of a few thousand flies. When a person positions himself in front of it, the insects try to detect his facial features. They then begin to arrange themselves so as to reproduce what they see and recreate a recognizable likeness of the individual. The portraits are in constant flux. Portrait on the Fly is a commentary on our love for making pictures of ourselves (Selfie-Culture). It has to do with change, transience and impermanence.