Ljubljana / Osmo/za / 07.10.20 / 18:00
Miha Vipotnik (1954) graduated in painting in 1976 and in 1979 completed his postgraduate studies in video and television at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana. In the 70’s and 80’s, he created numerous artistic videos, intros and animations, directed art-related programs and has pioneered the experimental usage of video technology for the public television RTV Slovenia.
Together with Marie Claude Vogrič, he was a co-founder and the Director of an international biennial video festival VIDEO CD in Ljubljana (1983-1987), during which a significant number of Slovene and international video art works were created with the state-of-the-art technical equipment in impromptu studios. From 1987 until 1991, he received a Fulbright stipend for his master’s studies of Film and Live Action at the California Institute of the Arts in L.A. In 1994, he began managing the Long Beach Museum of Art Video Annex and with Elayne Zalis, he co-created the concept for digitization of their significant video collection in order to make it available online. LBMA Video Annex priceless collection of video art is now part of The Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute’s Art Video Archives.
Since 2002, Vipotnik lectured through video art workshops in Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Croatia and Slovenia. In 2014, he started working as a visiting professor of film and video at the Department of Digital Media, Cinema and Television at the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts of USEK University in Lebanon and at the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts ALBA in Beirut, where he teaches creative expression and art-related interdisciplinary studies.
About »Video grafike«, 17’20” (1976/77) by Miha Vipotnik
The video is the first attempt at computer animation by means of the interaction of the camera and the monitor. The graphic sign is constantly moving, the effects are changing with the interventions of the hand in front of the monitor. The work approaches painting in geistzeit and offers it experimental dimension unreachable to classical painting. Unpredictability of the experiment changes political stance of the artist, for he does not control the whole process of work, but only sets the conditions and relations between the technique and the subject. By doing this he wishes to get the proof of the autonomy of the art work.
This talk is realised in collaboration with SCCA/DIVA archives.