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Video all against television

Research seminar organized by Hélène Fleckinger

May 5th 2014

5:30 PM until 8:00 PM

BnF site Richelieu
Salle des commissions
5 rue Vivienne
75002 Paris
Metro Bourse, Pyramides, Palais Royal


The research seminar "Video des premiers temps" intends to explore a field that has never really been studied. As soon as it became "light" (meaning that equipment is available to anyone) more than forty years ago, video technique led to many different uses, social and creative uses that we do not separate (on one hand activist video, on the other hand art video) as they all take on an experimental part.


"Light" video appeared when theorical and critical schools of thought on mass media, and was contructed "contre la télévision, tout contre" (against television, all against), according to a quote from Jean-Paul Fargier as far as the device (lightness vs heaviness) and the ideological message (dismantling, counter-information and right of reply) are concerned.


This session will question coexistence and confrontation betweent TV and VT (video tape) through the career of two directors who evolved within and outside of the television institution :
> Bernard Baissat entered the ORTF in 1966 and actively took part in creating experimental TV programs in Niger, Côte d’Ivoire and Lebanon and witnessed oppostion to light video being introduced in French television in the 1970s.
>In charge of the audiovisual department of the Centre d’action culturelle d’Orléans et du Loiret, Pierre Müller directed several videos of information, advertisement and television critique, especially Fait divers (1977), subtitled autopsy of a tv coverage.

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The Laboratory of Excellence in Arts and Human Mediations is part of the “Investments for the future” program since 2011. As part of this program, its members conduct research following three main lines: situations, technologies, hybridization.

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