Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Expansive Lens

Peter Campus, Douglas Gordon and David A Ross in conversation @ TATE Etc.

Peter Campus was one of the first artists to explore the formal possibilities of film and video technology. Douglas Gordon, who admires Campus's work, is best known for his iconic video installation 24 Hour Psycho. The two artists talk to curator David A Ross.

DAVID A ROSS : Both of you have worked in the medium of video, but starting in different decades and different cultural environments. For example, Peter, when you showed your video installations at the Bykert Gallery in 1975 there wasn’t much cable television. However, what you have in common is a deep and serious engagement with cinema. I know you are both fans of Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom, a film that underscores the idea of looking, the psychological complexity of being looked at, the gaze of the camera, but also the obsession of recording and filming – all aspects that relate to both your bodies of work.


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