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Catrien Schreuder, Jorinde Seijdel, Noud Heerkens

Pixels and Places
Video Art in Public Space

Design: Kummer en Herrman, Illustrated (colour), Hardback, 160 pages, 16.7 x 23 cm
English edition, ISBN 978-90-5662-738-6, € 29.50
Dutch edition, ISBN 978-90-5662-737-9
February 2010

With the support of the Prince Bernhard Cultural Fund, the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture (Fonds BKVB), the Mondriaan Foundation, The Netherlands Film Fund, the Rotterdam Centre for the Visual Arts (CBK Rotter dam), the City of Rotterdam’s Department of Art and Culture (dKC Rotterdam), the Picos de Europa Foundation, the Volkskracht Foundation and Rotterdam Festivals.

Pixels and PlacesVideo art is to be seen ever more frequently outside the walls of art institutions in public space. Artists infi ltrate advertising screens on the street, project moving images onto edifices or enter into far-reaching collaborations with architects. At unexpected spots this video art shakes chance passers-by out of their reverie or merges effortlessly into the streetscape The images provide a critique of the advertising messages in the city, underscore the aesthetic of the built environment or make visible the skewed power relations on the street. Without exception, such video works establish a relationship with the architecture and the immediate surroundings.More than 80 video works, initiatives, organizations and artists from the Netherlands and abroad are described in this book. The moving images enrich, transform or mask the public space and inject the city with a healthy dose of imagination. In Pixels and Places, art historian Catrien Schreuder situates video art in public space within an art-historical and theoretical framework for the fi rst time.

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