Window to the VVP AVU Video Archive

“… impressions, wandering around the landscape of my childhood where the universe turns into a beautiful boundless place – that is where I feel happy.
I borrowed over Christmas the only camera we had in our studio, it was a VHS analog camera that weighed about ten kilos and I used to carry it around with me slung over my shoulder. Video editing required two recorders and a desktop video workstation to control them and make different effects. I was satisfied with the video recorders because I could not redo things all the time and my obsessiveness was under control. I keep repainting my paintings but with an analog video I did not feel the urge to make it better.“

Janka Vidová, 2014

Janka Vidová made one of the first videos as a spontaneous student´s work when she was studying in the studio of new media at the Academy of Arts in Prague. The dream-like atmosphere evoked by the choice of archetypal motives (walking in the snow, white rabbits, old people, an idyllic landscape at dusk) was further enhanced by period visual effects (polarisation, colour manipulation, slow motion) and by music. The artist was recorded at that time by her husband, the painter Josef Žáček.

Janka Vidová (*1963) is a multi-media artist and painter. She studied at the Academy of Arts in Prague in 1989-1996, first in the studio of J. Svobodová and K. Malich, and then under Michael Bielicky in the newly opened studio of new media in 1991. She took part in the exhibition Orbis Fictus (1995) and The Morning of the Magicians (1996).

In the Window to the Archive programme the AVU Research Center in Prague (VVP AVU) in conjunction with Artyčok.tv regularly release works from the VVP AVU video archive. The selection for Artyčok.tv focuses on older works (materials from the end of the 20th century), works bordering on video art, film and documentation, or on purely documentary materials related to the recent development of Czech and Slovak visual art.

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