Association of Video and Inter-Media Art

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Association of Video and Inter-Media Art of the Union of Visual Artists (originally Video Section of the Union of Czechoslovak Artists) was initiated by Radek Pilař in 1987 as an institutional framework for the emerging art video form, thus converting the isolated activities of individual artists in Czech Republic, which occured from the beginning of 1980s, namely: filmmakers Petr Skala, Tomáš Kepka, Ivan Tatíček, photographers Pavel Scheufler, Pavel Jasanský, Michal Pacina, Jasoň Šilhan, visual artists Lucie Svobodová, Věra Geislerová, Lenka Štarmanová, Kateřina Scheuflerová, Roman Milerský, René Slauka, and architect Miro Dopita. Video Section actively influenced the Czech artistic scene for roughly a decade, from mid-1980s until mid-1990s. 1991 renamed to Association of Video and Inter-Media Art. Since 1993 directed by Petr Skala. As of 2006, there are 3 members: Petr Skala, Věra Geislerová and Lucie Svobodová, most of the former members have started the commercial studios or work in television industry.

Keiko Sei: "A famous animation producer and illustrator Radek Pilar, was making video art tapes from 1987 and gathered a number of artists to form a video group. This "Video Salon" made their first exhibition in the summer of 1989 with numerous screenings and four video installations. The members had access to information on video installation because one of the members, Dr. Vancat, was then working for the National Art Archive where there were photos of works by Paik and Bill Viola. They were planning their second exhibition later that year as the revolution broke [..] The postponed Video Salon exhibition was held right after the New Year in 1990, smaller scale than originally planned, but in an euphoric atmosphere. They showed the document on the revolution, the TV documentary about the "Video Skulptur" produced by German TV (which some members caught and recorded from the broadcast), as well as their previous works. They also declared the birth of Czech video art by reading a manifesto at the post-revolutionary convention of the Union of Artists where formerly thousands of artists had gathered and read manifestos for different groups and genres." [1]

See also

Český obraz elektronický, Czech_Republic#Video_art