Vi Deo Volente
Stansfield / Hooykaas, 1985, 27'47''

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'[Vi] Deo Volente', as God wants it, is a videotape with a spiral form similar to that of a storm. It indirectly refers to three historic moments: 1945, 1965 and 1985. The sound has a similar working in its relentlessness - waves break through the drone of high tension electricity cables only to disappear again into the texture and recur later in another form. Everything is caught up in endless movement, from the elements of nature and the machines that measure and observe them, to television, which brings it all into our domestic environment. Parallels are drawn between the fascination and anxiety we feel for 'the masses' and other images of crowd observation recorded and processed from broadcast television. Disasters and violence from both manmade and natura origins flow through the tape in contrast with references to 'video-art'.
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  • Date: 1985
  • Length: 27'47''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Keywords: modern life, video (subject), mass media, surveillance, violence