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What’s So Good About a Video of an Art Exhibition? “Dreams of Frozen Music.”

May 16, 2018 by Jack Dziamba. New Post Goes Up Every Wednesday.

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Videos of an Exhibition

There are many videos of art exhibitions available on the internet. They range from the talking heads to a full walk-through of an exhibition. While we may take these videos for granted, here we want to focus on the video itself as an art form in the New Media.

The Exhibition, “Dreams of Frozen Music”

We’ve chosen the video of the exhibition of “Dreams of Frozen Music” at the Tokyo Art Museum . ” The exhibition presents about 30 drawings by Sergei Tchoban. These works are not meant to be “the typical drafts” for architectural projects. No building is ever being built according to them, they rather can be seen as “free architectural fantasies.”

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“Tchoban’s aesthetic approach, his visual language and his artistic means seem not to be contemporary but rather timeless. Classical orders of columns, domes of baroque churches and e pre-modernist architecture are being blended into surreal vedutas. A technically brilliant draughtsman, Tchoban employs all kind of materials including ink, water color, red chalk, charcoal and pastel chalk. “ tokyoartmuseum.com.

The Video, “Dreams of Frozen Music,” Part 1.

There is a plethora of videos of art exhibitions, from talking heads to a full walk through of the entire exhibition. However, here, under the theme of Fine Art in the New Media, we want to discuss a video of an art exhibition as an art form itself.  Below is the video of the exhibition, “Dreams of Frozen Music.”


The Video of “Dreams of Frozen Music,” Part 2

A video of an art exhibition is a complex task. The first task is the look and feel of the video – how well it establishes the exhibition. In the video above, the opening scene presents the hustle and bustle of Tokyo itself, and shows people  in the subway looking at images from the exhibition. It establishes a  juxtaposition of the frantic movement of the people with the stillness of the art which sets up a dichotomy which immediately captures our attention, but leaves unanswered the question of what this has to do with an art exhibition. However, the quiet contemplation of the art stands as the main theme out and prepares the way for the main scene.

The main sequence continues the theme of the quiet contemplation of the art, with an unexpected solo figure dressed in a striking kimono walking through parts of the exhibition. The music adds to the subtlety of the scene of quiet contemplation of the art in the museum itself, again presenting a dichotomy, forcing us to focus not only on the architectural drawings themselves, but also on the architecture of the museum itself. As an art form it is very creative and very subtile.

The other elements of the video as an art form are the framing of the theme, the  direction given to the solitary figure, the juxtaposition of color against the momochrome of the drawings and the seemingly plain-looking background of the museum.

Moreover, this video superbly presents itself as an art form, which rivets our attention and carries forth the theme of quiet contemplation. Thus, while it does show the art, it has the setting and drama of an art form itself ,independent of the pictures of the architectural drawings, which is quite an artistic accomplishment!





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