BANGALORE: “There is no rewind button on the Betamax of life,” said Nam June Paik, the father of video art.
All electronic data carriers have only a very limited life span.
The progressive destruction of video art poses an acute threat to a significant element of 20th Century art.
Hence, the German Federal Cultural Foundation has taken up an initiative, “40yearsvideoart.de: Digital Heritage - Video Art in Germany from 1963 to the Present”, which focusses on saving, maintaining, and mediating its cultural heritage.
The project intends to set standards for the public presentation and reappraisal of video art.
An internationally known jury of experts selected 60 works for the project.
Maria Vedder, one of the artists represented in this edition and who is now in Bangalore, has selected specific projects from among the more than 50 video films covering a wide range of forms and genres.
These projects include her own Der Herzschlag des Anubis.
Her selection encompasses the works she enjoys watching time and again and which have left their indelible stamp on the development of the electronic art.
The installations will be on display on March 20 between 6 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. at the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Auditorium, CMH Road.
Ms. Vedder will give a lecture on the subject while presenting installations from her own work in the context of the exhibition.