An exhibition of new electronic video works from New Zealand and
abroad, Monitor was held in conjunction with ARTificial, a one-night
event at the University Theatre in the Christchurch Arts Centre,
a new electronic performance, sound, and video event also curated
by Sean Kerr. ARTificial featured performances by Mike Hodgkins,
Terrence Handscomb, Michael Morley and Danny Butt, and kickstarted
the Monitor exhibition.
Comprised of two separate video programmes, Monitor highlighted
the materiality of the video medium, and aimed to refocus attention
on video as a specific medium with inherent qualities independent
of its wide incorporation into other practices and contexts.
proGRAM 01 looked at the issue of collaborations, between video
artists and sculptors, architects, designers and photographers,
with commissioned collaborative works by Paul Swadel and Mark Campbell,
Ani ONeil and Lisa Reihana, Anthony Summich and Julianne Summich,
and Janene Knox, Margaret Dawson, and Kirsty Gregg.
proGRAM 02 presented a range of works with less of a thematic or
focused framework, providing an overview of current video activity
both here and abroad. The inaugural issue of LOG
Illustrated magazine, the Video issue, was released after this
event to build on the themes and issues explored by Monitor.
Monitor toured to the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Artspace Auckland,
and City Gallery, Wellington.
Ronnie van Hout
Cass Reid Hamilton
Reviews, Essays & Articles
Indulgent, demanding, but
excess kept at bay
1997 Jan. 15, p. 14
Monitor, video works.