This is Not a Love Song

Video Art and Pop Music Crossovers

November 25, 2015 - February 7, 2016

Pera Museum presented an exhibition titled This is Not a Love Song: Video Art and Pop Music Crossovers which traced the genealogy of the relations between video art and pop music.

The works in the exhibition emphasized the moments from the 1960s to today, in which video art and pop music crossed roads. Curated by Javier Panera, the exhibition included significant works in the history of video art and experimental film that are formally and conceptually related to the iconography of pop and rock.

Featuring 28 prominent artists including Nam June Paik, Andy Warhol, Yayoi Kusama, Vito Acconci and John Baldessari, the exhibition explored the fields of music and video art in five parts. A diverse video screening program was presented parallel to the exhibition.

Artists: Adel Abidin, Ana Laura Alaez, Hugo Alonso, Charles Atlas, Joseph Beuys, Marc Bijl, Dara Birnbaum, Olaf Breuning, Charley Case, Carles Congost, Cheryl Donegan, Kit Fitzgerald, Jorge Galindo, Jesus Hernandez, Bjorn Melhus, Joan Morey, Cesar Pesquera, Pipilotti Rist, John Sanborn, Santisgo Sierra

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Exhibition Catalogue

This is Not a Love Song

This is Not a Love Song

This is Not a Love Song: Video Art and Pop Music Crossovers exhibition catalogue traces the genealogy of the relations between video art and pop music from the 1960s to today in which...

“Passing On” <br/>Nancy Atakan

“Passing On”
Nancy Atakan

Caden Manson <br/>"Mediated Bodies: A History of Big Art Group"

Caden Manson
"Mediated Bodies: A History of Big Art Group"

"This is Not a Love Song"  <br/>Christian Marclay: A History of Rock and Ghosts <br/>Javier Panera

"This is Not a Love Song"
Christian Marclay: A History of Rock and Ghosts
Javier Panera

Video

This is Not a Music Video

The program explores the links between music videos and the recording industry with works by contemporary artists who have appropriated the aesthetics of the music video and have been deconstructing such imagery since the 1980s.

Video Killed the Radio Star

The program features music videos directed by artists from the 60’s to today, the before MTV era, the beginning of MTV and the golden age of music video from 1981 to 1984, videos that focus on gender in the 80’s, music videos directed by auteur directors, and the sensational videos of our time.

Nam June Paik Video Art’s Pioneer

Nam June Paik Video Art’s Pioneer

Nam June Paik was video art’s pioneer (1932 –2006). It is interesting that while Warhol and Nameth were experimenting with psychedelic happenings that combined rock, film and performance, the video art pioneers Nam June Paik, Stephen Beck, Eric Siegel and Steina Vasulka were researching in a similar direction.

Dancing on Architecture

Dancing on Architecture

I think it was Frank Zappa – though others claim it was Laurie Anderson – who said in an interview that ‘writing on music is much like dancing on architecture’. 

Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests

Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests

Between 1963 and 1966 Andy Warhol worked at making film portraits of all sorts of characters linked to New York art circles. Famous people and anonymous people were filmed by Andy Warhol’s 16 mm camera, for almost four minutes, without any instructions other than ‘to get in front of the camera’.