LABoral will show 'eCLIPSe', a music video retrospective, from 3 July

The exhibition traces a historical path through the most important moments in and is sponsored by Fundación Telefónica

Published: Jun 27, 2012
LABoral will show 'eCLIPSe', a music video retrospective, from 3 July

Logo of the exhibition eCLIPSe

From 3rd July LABoral will show eCLIPSe, an exhibition engaging on a journey through the creative world of music videos with a selection of the 50 videos which, throughout history, are considered to be crucial for an understanding of a discipline that has been consolidated as both a form of artistic expression in itself and as an intersection between the visual arts and cultural industries.

The year 1975 is considered to be a pivotal moment in the history of music. The group Queen released the single Bohemian Rhapsody, accompanied by what was probably the first video in history aware of its status as a medium. Years later, in 1983, Michael Jackson and his legendary Thriller paved the way for the video as a concept and as industry support for music publishing. Since then, and initially thanks to the television channel MTV which required every single released by record labels to be illustrated with audiovisual backing, video clips have earned undisputed respect.

The video as a form of artistic expression is included in visual arts and, in some cases even viewed as avant-garde, although the functions it serves as a music video - namely that of promoting a song, group or singer – ought not to be forgotten. Many of the advances in the visual production of the most widely respected arts, such as film, were originally created and tested in the music video world, even its narrative rhythm has set standards for the spectator. Likewise, we should highlight how its inextricable bond with the language of advertising is evident.

At LABoral’s Mediateca Expandida [Expanded Mediatheque], a space at the art centre dedicated to experimenting with new forms of distribution and access to art which is capable of pushing the boundaries of the conventional exhibition, eCLIPSe will trace a historical path and also include monographs on two of the most seminal video directors: the Frenchman Michel Gondry and British Chris Cunningham. The exhibition aims to clear the way for a narrative which is believed to be critical to understanding the visual arts in the 21st century.

DATES: 03.07.2012-22.10.2012
CURATORS: Carlos Navarro in collaboration with Rubin Stein
ARTISTS: Jonas Akerlund; Kevin Altieri & Todd McFarlane; Steve Barron; Toni Basil & David Byrne; Jim Blashfield; Herve de Crecy & Ludovic Houplain; Anton Corbijn; Chris Cunningham; Esteban Diácono / Erased Tapes Records; Digital Productions; Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris; Romain Gavras; Grant Gee; Jonathan Glazer; Kevin Godley & Lol Creme; Michel Gondry; Bruce Gowers; Bruce Gowers & Robert Abel; Hammer & Tongs; Garth Jennings; Stephen R. Johnson-The brothers Quay-Nick Park; Spike Jonze; John Landis; José Luis Lozano; Kike Maíllo; David Mallet & David Bowie; David Mallet; Russell Mulcahy; Carsten Nicolai; OK Go; Tim Pope; Bill Plympton; Sanji Senaka
COLLABORATING BOARD MEMBER: Fundación Telefónica
VENUE: Mediateca Expandida
EXHIBITION DESIGN: Carmen Castañón
SPACE DESIGN: longo+roldán
PRODUCTION: LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial
IN COLLABORATION WITH: 40TV and Sones and Universal Music Group

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