This is a Video Monitor

Creator:

David Hall

Contributor(s):

  • This work is part of the rewind archive.

    Duration: 14mins

    Year: 1974

    Original formats:

    1/2 inch EIAJ reel-to-reel

    Funding source: Self

    First exhibited: The Video Show, Serpentine Gallery, London 1975

    This is a Video Monitor is an attempt to construct a wholly ‘videological’ experience, and is built on an initial take of a woman describing the paradox of real and imagined functions of the monitor on which her image appears…
    Sound synchronisation wavers as she mimes to her pre-recorded voice – an analogy to part of her description. The camera cuts at the end of the first take and a no-signal ‘snow-field’ appears. The take is then regenerated optically off a monitor screen, a third off that and so on. Vision and sound progressively change, at each stage distorting the expected characteristics, displacing the imagined for the real – configurations of variable light intensity at the surface of the screen; each time indentifying and re-identifying the implications of her recurring statement.’ David Hall, 1973

    The work was revisited in 1976 for the BBC Arena programme and updated as This is a Television Receiver


    Exhibition Catalogues and Information

    Catalogue Cover for 5th International Experimental Film/Video Festival 1974-75. pdf here


    Galleria Del Cavallino, San Marco 1977 Catalogue. pdf here


    ‘Videotapes by British Artists – Galleria del cavallino, san marco 1725 venezia’, a programme of videotapes and installations, 1977. Includes information on the work ‘This is a video monitor’.pdf here


    Programme with information on works exhibited at ‘Cinematic Exploration – Expanding Screens 1960 – 1975’, January 25th – 30th 2004, Lumiere Cinema, includes information on Hall’s work ‘This is a video monitor’.pdf here


    Essays and Articles

    ‘The national open art exhibition: Broadcast television and the visual arts’. Includes information on Hall’s ‘This is a video monitor’.pdf here


    Article from Studio International, 1976 ‘Video – Report by Tamara Krikorian’. Krikorian reports on two events in Glasgow – ‘Symposium: The future of video in Scotland, Event: Towards Defining an Aesthetic, Third Eye centre’. Includes information on Hall’s ‘This Is A Video Monitor’.pdf here


    ‘Live In Your Head – Concept and Experiment in Britain 1965 – 75’ by Clive Phillpot and Andrea Tarsia, Whitechapel Gallery, London. Includes information on Hall’s ‘This Is A Video Monitor’.pdf here


    Text by David Hall

    This is a Video Monitor, Original Manuscript. pdf here


    Other

    Licence contract for 3 works to art/tapes/22, Florence, Italy, 1975. pdf here


  • Quotes:

    This is a Video Monitor is an attempt to construct a wholly ‘videological ‘ experience, and is built on an initial take of a woman describing the paradox of the real and imagined functions of the monitor on which her image appears…

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