Video Diary of a Madman by Michael Auder

BOMB 3 Spring 1982

New York Live Arts presents

Marjani Forte
Nov 15-19


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Review 1: New York City February 281981
“Portrait of an Island,” “Morrocco Diary,” “South of France.”

Nature, Lyricism, Romanticism.

I climb the mountains, the hills, I sink into the valleys, walk along the oceans, on the deserts, to slip away as much as it is possible from the memory of daily life; to escape from within reach of the wicked. I am forgotten, free and peaceful as if I had no problems, the sand and water protecting me from reality.

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Review 2: July 10, 1981, Curacao, The Netherlands, The Antilles.

Video is the new art of the second part of the 20th century. Painting, Sculpture, Music and Dance are here to stay forever. Film is 80 years old and Video is only 10.

Q: What is the difference between Video and Film?

A: What is the difference between an orange and and a banana?

Video has many uses. The commercial ends do exist but I will not dwell upon them because I am not interested in them.

Video art, or the art of Video is very particular.

I will start with the less important form of Video art: Video Installation. Video Installation is art. Nam June Paik is great and Vito Acconci the same. Most of the other people are jerks and their work is boring and futile. Some of these fine artists should stick to fine art and forget video.

Video Documentary: I feel video is a most valuable and sensible medium for documentaries. Great and memorable works will come out of videos and will last forever.

And finally the greatest of all and the most creative and difficult—yet the least known: Video Narrative. Video Narrative falls between literature and painting. It is a new writing tool that can relate ones personal feelings, obsessions, interests, and visions on a personal level.

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Alexandra Auder.

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Alice Neel.

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