Interfaces between visual arts and pop music

 Curated by Javier Panera

This Is Not a Love Song is an exhibition that sets out to trace the genealogy of the relations between pop music and video-creation from the 1960s to today, with the emphasis on those moments in which there was feedback between the two manifestations as they explored the field of experiment, utopia and political incorrectness.

Since the 1960s, various generations of avant-garde artists have integrated into their production processes elements that are related with the attitudes and imaginaries of pop music. Artists of the calibre of Andy Warhol, Vito Acconci, Dan Graham, Nam June Paik, Joseph Beuys, John Baldessari, Rodney Graham, Tony Oursler, Christian Marclay, Mike Kelley, Douglas Gordon, Jeremy Deller o Damien Hirst, and many more, down to today, have approached this genre in some of their most outstanding works, sometimes even collaborating with different rock bands or recording their own albums. Similarly, leading musicians such as John Lennon, David Bowie, Pete Townshend, Syd Barret, Brian Eno, Alan Vega, David Byrne, Laurie Anderson and members of essential bands of the last two decades, like Sonic Youth, REM, Blur, or Franz Ferdinand all trained at art school before becoming professional musicians.

From this approach and bearing in mind that the origins of video-art run almost parallel to those of pop music, the project is divided into two sections:

1- Pop and video-creation. Shared genealogies

This section includes more than 30 significant works in the history of video art and experimental film from the 1960s to 2013 that are formally and conceptually related to the iconographies of pop and rock, with works by Andy Warhol, Nam June Paik, Yayoi Kusama. Dan Graham, Tony Oursler, Vito Acconci, John Baldessari, Christian Marclay, Douglas Gordon, Candice Breitz, Jeremy Deller, Mark Leckey, Jon Mikel Euba, Largen & Bread and others.

2- Music for your eyes. Visual arts and the aesthetics of the videoclip

This section is a journey through the history of the musical videoclip to review the careers of the most important authors of the last 40 years and their connections with contemporary visual arts and cinema and includes a programme of music videos by artists like Andy Warhol, Tony Oursler, Judith Barry, Robert Longo, Joan Morey, Damien Hirst, Ana Laura Aláez, Carles Congost, Pipilotti Rist, Dara Birnbaum, Joseph Beuys, Adel Abidin, Hugo Alonso, Charles Atlas, Marc Bijl, Olaf Breuning, Charley Case, Cheryl Donegan, Jorge Galindo i Santiago Sierra, Jesús Hernández , Bjørn Melhus, César Pesquera, John Sanborn, Kit Fitzgerald (Antarctica), etc.


Artists and works:

Ronald NamethAndy Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable, 1967
Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, 1964-66
Nam June Paik and Jud YalkutBeatles Electroniques, 1969
Yayoi KusamaSelf Oblteration (dir. Jud Yalkut), 1967
Yayoi KusamaLove in Festival, 1968
Eric SiegelTomorrow Never knows, 1968
Dan Graham, Tony Oursler & Laurent P. Berger / Don’t Trust Anyone over Thirty: The Storyboard, 2004
Adel Abidin / Three Love songs, 2010
Dan GrahamRock My Religion, 1982-84
Vito AcconciTheme Song, 1973
John BaldessariBaldessari Sings LeWitt, 1972
Tony OurslerSound Digressions in Seven Colors, 2006
Jean Mikel EubaOne per Minute. Seven Minutes in Istanbul, 2005
José IgesDylan in Between, 2001
Largen & BreadCrash!!!, 2008
Largen & BreadThis Is not  a Love Song, 2013
Douglas GordonBootleg (Bigmouth), 1996
Cristian MarclayGuitar Drag, 2000
Tony Cokes1’, 2004
Tony Cokes & Scott Pagano5%, 2001
Tony CokesAd Vice, 1998
Candice Breitz  / Babel Series, 1997-2004
Jeremy DellerThe Faireys Band Acid Brass, 2005 – History of the World, 1997-200
Mark LeckeyFiorucci Made me Hardcore, 1999
Charlie CaseFriday, June 18, 1999, City of London, 1999
James ClarDance Therapy, 2011
Adrian PiperFunk Lessons, 1983
Assume Vivid Astro FocusWalking on thin Ice, 2003
John Di Stefano / The Epistemology of Disco, 1990
Charles AtlasHail the New Puritan, 1985

This is not a music video 

Dara BirnbaumAcid Rock, 1982
Joseph Beuys  / Sonne Statt Reagan (Música: Die Deserture) 1982
John Sanborn, Kit Fitzgerald (Antarctica) / Ear to the Ground, 1982
Pipilotti RistI’m a Victim of This Song, 1995
Bjørn Melhus /  No Sunshine, 1997
Olaf Breuning  / Ugly Yelp, 2000
Rodney GrahamA Little Thought, 2000
Cheryl DoneganChanneling in 4 Versions, 2001
Ana Laura AláezSuperficiality, 2003
Carles CongostUn Mystique Determinado, 2003
Joan MoreyNUEVA OLA o Desencert (Short Version)”, 2004
Ana Laura Aláez  / Horizon, 2005
Charles Atlas  / You Are My Sister, 2006
Jorge Galindo y Santiago Sierra  / Los Encargados, 2012
César PesqueraAn Army Of Crystallized Thoughts  (2010)
Jesús Hernández (NYSUfilms) / Glez. Todo el tiempo (2010)
Marc BijlGood Things (Música: Götterdämmerung) 2003
Adel AbidinJihad, 2006
Hugo AlonsoRec, 2006

La Virreina Centre de la Imatge
Barcelona, Spain (21 May – 13 October 2013)

Co-produced by: Screen Projects / Primavera Sound / La Virreina Centre de la Imatge



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