Image Processors: Artists in the Medium – A Short History 1968–2020
'Image Processors' surveys a history of artists’ moving-image works that take the mass media as their target. Working back in time from Australian artist Matthew Griffin’s compilation of 133 short videos, 'Unchained Malady' (2020), the exhibition features works by Arthur Jafa, Mike Heynes, Josephine Meckseper, Wynne Greenwood and K8 Hardy, Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch, Megan Dunn, Lisa Reihana, Harun Farocki, Martha Rosler with Paper Tiger TV, Dara Birnbaum, Richard Serra, and Aldo Tambellini.
From the early electronic era of 1960s broadcast television, to our contemporary times of 24/7 connectivity, these artists share a set of critical strategies that include appropriating found footage, restaging familiar genres, scrutinising the mechanisms of the news media and entertainment industry, and repurposing online imagery and social media.
Shaped by artist and theorist Judith Barry’s insight that ‘It is only by producing images that the subject of mass culture begins to feel some measure of control over the alienation produced by this condition” (1986), Image Processors provides a compelling bridge that links the critical aspirations of an artistic avant-garde to the manipulations and blandishments of quotidian entertainment.
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