A selection from the prestigious exhibition Il video rende felici. Videoart in Italy, curated by Valentina Valentini promoted and financed by the Ministry of Culture – General Directorate for Contemporary Creativity, Roma Culture – Capitoline Superintendence for Cultural Heritage and Azienda Speciale Palaexpo arrives in now in Pescara at Spazio Matta.
The subject of the exhibition is the production of video art and artists’ cinema in Italy from the late 1960s to the new century. Italy has been the promoter of exemplary and pioneering projects and represents an artistic and cultural reference point for video experimentation. Variety, quality and international scope characterise the initiatives linked to this medium in a context characterised by the new aesthetics that emerged with environmental art, body art, arte povera, experimental music, counter-information and new forms of theatre and dance.
From the end of the 1970s, video art acquired complex forms of hybridisation through the experimental use of video, in television as well as in theatre and dance, up to the emergence of the first forms of computer art. In the 1990s, the installation format (video and multimedia) found a great welcome in museums, galleries and institutions such as the Venice Biennale, encouraged by the spread of digital technologies. Finally, in the new century, the assimilation of video art into the vast territory of the moving image transformed by digital technologies is accentuated.
The curator, who has collaborated several times with Spazio Matta, has selected some of the exhibitions presented in Rome for the days in Pescara: