Video Art: In the Light
Artists’ bio: Figurative artist and new media designer Magdalene Kourti was born in Athens in 1971. She studied Business and Art in Greece before completing her BA and MA degrees at UAL – Wimbledon College of Arts and Metropolitan University. Since the turn of the new millennium:
- Magdalene has had many groups and solo exhibitions in Greece.
- She has also participated in many group shows and film festivals across the world, from the Netherlands, London and Austria, to Mexico, Sydney, and Siberia.
- In 2000 her video work was selected and broadcast by the BBC, further enhancing her reputation as an international creative artist.
- Some of her work is published in the art history volume on Modern Greek Art 1974-2004 by I.Kolokotroni and International Contemporary Artists vol XI, 2016.
- Her work has been very well regarded, and she has received several awards, including Best Experimental Film at the 2008 Thermaikos Film Festival, and the Adobe Achievement Award in Melbourne in 2004.
Magdalene’s most recent work includes video art and has a focus on ecology and natural environments, which has led to underwater projects and artwork. The latest video art installation has been “In the light”, which takes the form of a kind of diary reflecting meditative states.
Description of work: In the Light. The latest art project moved into symbolism with mixed media works and video art. In the “light” is a kind of diary related to meditative states. The video and digital prints were created in an effort to transform visualizations and emotions into images.
“The Symbolists believed that the purpose of art is to capture and express absolute truths, which can be approached indirectly. For this reason, use images and objects with symbolic meaning “.
In March 2017 “in the Light” is selected to participate in the 12th Athens Animfest.
art foundation TAF
Video art is an art form which relies on using video technology as a visual and audio medium. Video art emerged during the late 1960s as new consumer video technology such as video tape recorders became available outside corporate broadcasting. Video art can take many forms: recordings that are broadcast; installations viewed in galleries or museums; works streamed online, distributed as videotapes, or DVDs; and performances which may incorporate one or more television sets, video monitors, and projections, displaying live or recorded images and sounds.
Video art is named for the original analog videotape, which was the most commonly used recording technology in much of the form history into the 1990s. With the advent of digital recording equipment, many artists began to explore digital technology as a new way of expression.
One of the key differences between video art and theatrical cinema is that video art does not necessarily rely on many of the conventions that define theatrical cinema. Video art may not employ the use of actors, may contain no dialogue, may have no discernible narrative or plot, or adhere to any of the other conventions that generally define motion pictures as entertainment. This distinction also distinguishes video art from cinema’s subcategories such as avant-garde cinema, short films, or experimental film. (Wikipedia)