The curator of the group exhibition examining the nature of music video in contemporary art picks his top five pieces
Exploring the much-loved format of music videos, from simple documentation of live performances to more narrative approaches, AFTER/HOURS/DROP/BOX is a group art show curated by artist John Lawrence at ANDOR that considers the current significance of the medium in contemporary art, having spanned such a transitionary period in technology. Featuring the seminal work of video artists like George Barber, Michael Bell-Smith, David Blandy, Paul B Davis, and The Duvet Brothers - the exhibition delves into the consistently experimental genre of music video from the view of the artist as both an active influencer and consumer of the pop medium. Here, curator John Lawrence selects his five highlights from the show:
TOP 5 VIDEO SELECTS
5. PETE DONALDSON - THE FALL OF BABYLON II
Pete Donaldson's 'The Fall of Babylon II' - 'This mythological bedroom-tech dreamscape spills from the twisted brain of this Scot who once lived in Japan, and features a giant fish head and some very tight pants. Check out the third work in the trilogy 'Babylon III' exclusively here.
4. GEORGE BARBER - TILT
George Barber's 'Tilt' - 'A very influential figure within British video art and we're very pleased to have two of his works in the show. Barber's pioneering techniques within video helped define a whole aesthetic, MTV owes George a lot, 'Tilt' from 1983 is a great example of his work from this period. On the 8th December at 7pm George will be screening new work, and talking about his career, and the expectations of video art today'
3. GERY GEORGIEVA - FOUNTAINHEAD
Gery Georgieva's 'Fountainhead' - 'I love how bombastic this piece is! It repels and attracts in equal measure and it still makes me feel a bit uncomfortable whenever it comes up on the large screen. Georgeiva will also be re-staging her infamous performance work 'Autoethnography: Doing My Own Little Thing' - an amazing interpretation of a very well known dance routine - as part of AFTER/HOURS/DROP/BOX**LIVE** tonight, Wednesday 28th November at 7pm.
2. MARK DEAN - CRIMSON & CLOVER (VERSION)
Mark Dean's 'Crimson & Clover (Version)' - 'Dean's work was key to the thinking behind this show from the start and I'm very pleased to say he is well represented within it. His work reinforces that fact that the right combination of music and moving-image can have extraordinary effects, and that grander narratives exist, filtering through some of our most popular imagery. 'Crimson & Clover (Version)' is a wonderfully simple, yet layered, assault on the senses. Here's an exclusive showing of Dean's new work 'Scorpio Rising III (FFYR)' which also features in the show'.
1. MICHAEL BELL-SMITH - SUBTERRANEAN HOUSE
Michael Bell-Smith's 'Subterranean House (Oonce-Oonce)' - 'This is a great piece and it pummels away from the middle of the exhibition keeping time. A fitting reconfiguration of Bob Dylan's famous card-tossing promo for 'Subterranean Homesick Blues', cited by some as being the first ever music video. Watch the work via Michael Bell-Smith's website here...
AFTER/HOURS/DROP/BOX: Open now until 9 December 2012; ANDOR, 237 Hackney Road, London E2 8NA