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Talking Art Video Art: Peter Campus in conversation with Douglas Gordon

17 Apr 2008

Regular hours

Thursday
10:00 – 18:00

Cost of entry

Tate Modern, Starr Auditorium

£10 (£8 concessions), booking required

Price includes drinks afterwards

020 7887 8888.

Tate Modern

London, United Kingdom

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Travel Information

  • Bus: 45, 63, 100, 344, 381, RV1
  • Tube: Southwark/Blackfriars
  • Train: London Bridge

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For this unique event Peter Campus will be in conversation with Turner Prize-winning artist Douglas Gordon and David A. Ross, formerly Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Peter Campus, born in New York in 1937, is one of the seminal figures in the development of video art. Along with Bruce Nauman, Frank Gillette and Dan Graham, he was among the pioneering artists who explored how video imagery could challenge the traditional relationships between artist, subject and viewer. In the artist's 1970's closed-circuit video installations, viewers experienced their own images in real time manipulated to produce unique, and sometimes unsettling, psychological effects. Informed by his life-long interests in the neurophysiology of cognition, and cinema, these early works explored the formal sculptural qualities of projected video space. In more recent digital video work, Campus' formal exploration is framed within his environmental concerns.

Working in photography, video, film and sculpture Douglas Gordon tempts viewers into becoming more aware of the shifting subjectivity of their perception of the world. A long-time admirer of Campus' work, Gordon is particularly concerned with the viewer's psychological relationship with the moving image. In 1993 he first exhibited his critically-acclaimed 24-Hour Psycho, in which Hitchcock's film is played in slow motion so that it lasts an entire day. More recently he has collaborated with Philippe Parreno to produce a film about the world renowned footballer Zinedine Zidane, using video to capture the player's movements throughout an entire game.

David A. Ross, formerly Director of The Whitney Museum of American Art and SFMOMA, is the curator of the first London show of Peter Campus' work at Albion which will coincide with the talk.

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