Staring Back at the Sun Parts 1 and 2: Video Art from Israel, 1970-2012
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Part I 1970–1980: Early Experiments in Film and Video The first section of Staring Back at the Sun focuses on experimental film and video of the 1970s, when artists began to explore the formal aspects of the moving image. Some of these artists worked primarily in other mediums, particularly painting, and their videos can be seen as extensions of these material-based practices. Others were interested in the nature of the moving image, from its production to its reception, and several of these works accordingly feature television screens. Part II 1980–1997: An Art Form Coming into Its Own The second part of Staring Back at the Sun showcases the impact of developments in image processing and post-production on experimental video in the 1980s and early 1990s. In Israel, the media and the communications sector as a whole expanded rapidly during this period. Although most art at the time took the form of drawing and painting, visual culture became much more variegated.