The exhibition "Paradoks", looking at the first thirty years of video art in Norway, opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art on February 14. I am represented in the show with I.O.D., from 1984, a work that keeps getting revived. Made at around the same time as Scratch Video was impacting on the video art scene in London, it is composed from fragments of media and advertising imagery, mixed in layers and manipulated to boost the colour and the synthetic qualities of the electronic image. The video was based on an earlier work entitled "That Elusive Quality of Romance" that took the form og collages, 35mm slides used in performances and installations in the early eighties, a series of colour xerox prints (the forerunner of digital photography) and finally a video installation that was exhibited in the storefront of a JVC video shop in Piccadilly, London. I.O.D. has also been broadcast in a series of tv programmes looking at the growth of video art in the mid-eighties.

Paradoks includes a bi-lingual catalogue in which I have written an essay on the relationship between television and video in the history of video art. The catalogue is available from the National Museum bookshop.

Installation shot below. Photo courtesy of Bull.Miletic.

I:O:D: (1984)  exhibited as intended on a CRT monitor
Another earlier work, "The Dark, The Light" (1999), is currently showing within the exhibition "In The Collection: Marielle Neudecker" at Trondheim Kunstmuseum. A selection of Neudecker's works are exhibited alongside pieces selected from the museum's collection.

The Dark, The Light, together with pieces by Marielle Neudecker, Trondheim Kunstuseum. Photo Patrik Entian


Moving, Ålesund, concluded

Moving was a successful project, both enjoyable and inspiring. To see over 100 people on a freezing February night joining an art walk through a city to watch artists' videos projected on buildings was a revelation and a pleasure. All credit to the artist group Aggregat for organizing this event. Here are a few images, and there are more on the re:place blog.  Some other photos from Ålesund, not connected with the Moving event, have been added to the photo gallery.

Gathering for the tour of the city and the artworks - artists Hanne Rivrud Nansen and Helene Sommer

Some of the audience approaching the public library, site of the first projection

Please Note After Image (remix) by Jeremy Welsh - a version of the work first shown at Bergen Art Museum in 2010 as part of the BGO1 exhibition

In front of Hanne Rivrud Nansen's installation, being introduced by artist/tour guide Trine Røssevold


MOVING - Ålesund 7 - 10 February

The outdoor projection project Moving in the city of Ålesund runs from 7 - 10 February, featuring works by 10 artists. Jeremy Welsh is showing Please Note After Image (remix), a video work based on an installation previously shown at Bergen Kunstmuseum, and made in collaboration with Trond Lossius and Jon Arne Mogstad. Moving is arranged and produced by the artists' collective Aggregat, and includes an afternoon of lectures at Kube art museum  on Saturday 9 February.