Please Turn Us On
28 Jul 2016 – 22 Jan 2017
Free to all
Works by the early pioneers of video art reveal its establishment as a creative practice.
In 1973 Tom McGrath, director of the Third eye Centre in Glasgow, purchased a Sony Porta Pak – commonly referred to as 'the first video video camera in Scotland' – and made it available to the public, inviting them to experiment, document and create. In a time before video had established itself as an art form, this was a bold and innovative scheme.
The centre continued to pioneer the new medium; two years later it was one of the first venues to exhibit a piece of video as 'art' . The work was What's it to You by Glasgow duo Stansfield/Hooykaas, and its display launched their career as artists. It has recently been acquired by GoMA and it is shown in the gallery as part of this illuminating show, placing Glasgow at the forefront of the video art scene.
Works by the movement's international counterparts Arthur Ginsberg (with Video Free America) and Videofreex are also on display, revealing how American champions of the medium were also able to use home video equipment to represent themselves and the communities to which they belonged.
A new commission by Heather Phillipson considers how the normalisation of personal video recording has affected contemporary society.