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Zhao Yao at Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.


Global Groove 1973/2012

Date: November 10,2012 - February 24,2013

Venue: Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum


Global Groove 1973/2012 features Nam June Paik’s seminal video from 1973, "Global Groove", as a jumping off point to explore current trends in international video art. A fast-paced barrage of images and sounds, "Global Groove" was Paik’s prophetic statement about the future ubiquity of the video image. This kinetically edited, single-channel video anticipated the “video cities” we now inhabit, where building high video screens engulf entire city centers.

As video cameras and digital editing equipment became more and more accessible into the 1990’s and now the 21st century, video became a worldwide medium for artists. Global Groove 1973/2012 is a celebration of this international phenomenon, featuring artists from the Far East, Middle East, Africa, and Europe. The exhibition will celebrate the multiple approaches to the medium artists are using, from low-tech to highly cinematic; personal and diaristic to intensely political and challenging. The exhibition features a unique architectural design for video in the center of the largest gallery in the museum.

The artists of Global Groove 1973/2012 include Bashar Alhroub (Palestinian Territories); Negar Behbahani (Iran); Berry Bickle (Zimbabwe); Sam Jury (Great Britain); Lee Yongbaek (South Korea); Li Ming (China); Basir Mahmood (Pakistan); Zwelethu Mthethwa and Matthew Hindley (South Africa); Nam June Paik (South Korea); The Propeller Group (Vietnam); Eve Sussman and Simon Lee (USA); Zhao Yao (China).


Artwork info:

Zhao Yao, "I Love Beijing 999",Single channel video, 41'6'',2008-2009

"This is a long-term project full of fun. Starting from the winter of 2008, I went out almost everyday when the sun was out. What I did is to ride in a bus for its whole trip and take snapshots of the sun, placing it right in the center of the frame. After taking hundreds of sun pictures, I displayed them in the speed of 9 frames per second. What you see is me passively chasing the sun. The sun that’s always in the center of the image echoed with the capital city—the sun in Chinese people’s mind. The whole project was completed in November 2009, by then I had gone through nine-hundred and ninety-nine bus lines in Beijing."