body in abstraction

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Visual Arts

body in abstraction

  • 16 Feb 2013 — 1 Mar 2013
Imported 1738
Imported 1738

St John's College

St. GilesOxford OX1 3JP


Exhibition opening Friday 15 January 2013, 6pm

Curator: Laura Carlotta Gottlob
Art History Advisor: Reidar Due

Featured artists: Jermolaewa; Di Sopra; Weibel; Hofstetter; Doser

This exhibition presents four works from the European tradition of conceptual art. All the artists use video as their principal form of expression. Conceptual video art is marked by a search for the essential boundaries of the  moving image. It explores the boundaries of perception and of the human being in its interaction with the world. In some cases, this interrogation is concerned with the archetypal forms that structure our perception, the forms in which we identify ourselves and others. In other cases, this interrogation follows a social or semiotic route and presents the limits of society or of technical behaviour.

Each of the works presented here follows one of these two directions of interrogation. The works by Elisabetta Di Sopra and by Hofstetter Kurt and Barbara Doser concern essential and archetypal forms of the human body. The works by Anna Jermolaewa and by Peter Weibel explore the boundaries of society and of human interaction with the medium of video. Video less pictorially is used by Weibel, Hofstetter and Doser. They arrange circuits and loops of video interacting with itself in order to obtain from this technological process images that concern the very basis of perception.

This exhibition is organised by St John’s College Oxford and ZKM | Center for Media and Art - Karlsruhe in collaboration with MAO - Modern Art Oxford and the University of Oxford - Ruskin School of Fine Art and Department of Computer Science with support of the Austrian Cultural Forum London.

Find out more about the ARTISTIC RESEARCH LECTURES held in frame of the exhibition here.

For more information about the exhibition visit St John's College website