9 hundred. A project of videoartists for 2013, 50th anniversary of videoart.
di Gabriele Pesci
Human life passes through two fundamental season, youthfulness and adulthood. What we become result from that which we have been. This is true for individuals, as well as communities.
The american videoartist Bill Viola has said that:“The digital era will overwhelm us, as it happened with the industrial revolution. And I am not talking about technological changes, such as the internet, Twitter or in art. The changes will hit all of life: from politics to science, from medicine to culture. Will change our way of life. The role of artists will be even more relevant. Our vision will communicate knowledge and compassion.”
Therefore, the role of artists is very important. Art can help us to observe and understand the transition between the two human seasons.
This evolutionary shift, step-by-step, entails reaching an understanding of what aspects of the past must be definitively archived.
Sometimes defined “the short century”, the 1900s were filled with many events that marked the history of humanity.
Videoart – a rather young art… – will celebrate its fiftieth birthday in 2013. It is time to re-examine this past we all share.
The project 100×100=900 (100 videoartits to tell a century) was born with this goal. It will celebrate the anniversary of 2013, conventionally considered the 50th year of videoart (dated from a Nam June Paik video installation in Germany).
100 videoartists, from all continents, will be invited to participate in this project. Every of them will produce a video artwork inspired by one of the previous 100 years, a century. The pairings will be done randomly. All the videos will form a show that will be taked around the world during 2013.
A printed catalogue will support the show.