(June 23-27, 2001)
 in the frame of XXIII Moscow International Film Festival Rambler's Top100

F e s t i v a l & C o n f e r e n c e



Helen de Witt

Melting Media: Artists' Moving Image and the Digital Dream.

Artists have always been highly concerned about the viewing situations of their work. Indeed, exhibition conditions can radically effect the reception and significance of the work itself. For artists working in the moving-image the issue has always been more complex and more pressing than for those working in plastic or performing arts. This is because of the apparatus required in order for the work to be screened. New digital technologies however, erase the distinction between the work itself and the technology required for it to be delivered. As a result of this, we are moving into a situation where distribution and exhibition collapse into each other; thus leaving the viewer in a more powerful position in terms of the way the work is experienced. Using specific examples of recent British artists' moving-image work, this paper investigates the implications of digital delivery systems for artist, distributor, exhibitor and viewer.

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