• Paweł Kwiek, Video A, 1974

In May 1974, Kwiek took part in a programme about the Film Form Workshop, shown on Polish state television’s Channel 2. Watched by thousands of viewers, the artist did a live performance entitled Studio Situation (Video A). Standing in front of the cameras, he gave instructions to the cameramen, directing a television “communiqué about himself” while the audience looked on. Kwiek wished to show viewers that it is impossible to try and convey any phenomenon objectively via television – it will always be an interpretation, or new information constructed by whoever is operating the medium, and deciding what will or will not be shown. It was the first work in Poland to use television as a medium, as well as one of the pioneering pieces of Polish video art. 

Year: 1974
Medium: digital VHS tape
Format: 3:26

Acquisition: gift
Ownership form: collection
Source: Fundacja Arton
Index: MSN: 4300-9/2012
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