Art is the playground of the senses, and one expression comes in the form of video art - an exploration of human behavior and identity, still life, the real and surreal components of life and death and other concepts perceived by the life and mysterious human psyche in interesting locations translated into an art form through audio and video manipulations. It was introduced in the 60s and 70s by pioneering film and video artists like Peter Campus, Doris Chase and Steina and Woody Vasulka. It has evolved to contemporary video art in the form of video installations by experimental artists around the world. One session can last as long as normal-length trailers. The key is to utilize surrounding space in order to give more emphasis to the main character or concept being presented. A viewer must pay attention to the details as they contain the clues to its significance. It can be purely art-inspired works of aggressive social commentary, a medium of story-telling or a comic prank attempt. Presentation requires only darkness and the presence of an electrical source.
To know more about this branch of art, let's take a look at the minds behind the contemporary, famed and highest rated video art submissions. When you are ready to just see, feel and listen, these video artists will blow your mind.
- Nam June Paik is considered the father of what is now a most celebrated art form. He opened the door to many existing media today by using ordinary objects and incorporating daily life noise and sounds in his video and audio compositions taking advantage of what were then still budding technological possibilities. His works present an in-depth representation and misrepresentation of social reality in striking colors and fearless arrangements.
- Mariko Mori is fantasy personified. She boldly explores the wonderful world of human identity, transience and instability. A Japanese conceptual video artist, she has made a name for herself through her futuristic renditions and combination of the most interesting elements of ancient and contemporary life conditions.
- Peter Sarkisian was a student of film and art in the Californian institute of the Arts in the 80s. He became interested in film making and eventually diverted his attention to the dynamics of video in the context of dimension and object interaction. He wanted to transcend the boundaries posed by video limitations such as framing, space use and availability of image angles, giving birth to a more complete and integrated perception of the subject matter.
Many contemporary video artists post their work in highly recognized and rated sites like YouTube and post-videoart.com in order to gain more audience and art-appreciators. Consumer-rated works can be an effective measure of what the contemporary viewer expects and wants to see. Video bands and artists take advantage of this factor because support is a great motivation to create more and be better at their field. Many of the works of video artists are put on display in museum exhibits as well. They are a treasured form of expression because they present endless possibilities and media in which to individually improve on. If you're interested, a discussion about the video art evolution, future possibilities and present innovative currents can be read in Marina Vishmidt's notes of Plenum.