David Knight - 22nd Mar 2013

The Art of Pop Video, an exhibition that celebrates the music video as an artistic medium from its earliest origins to its current manifestations, is now showing at FACT, the gallery and arts centre in Liverpool.

Billed as the first exhibition of its kind in the UK, The Art of Pop Video opened on March 14th, and celebrates classic examples of the music video, and also investigates how it has been influenced by and also informed visual art and film in general.

The show also looks as far back as the 1920s to the earliest origins of the music video. The oldest film in the exhibition is Man Ray's experimental film Emak Bakia from 1926, and there's also a nod to the influence of the Hollywood musical, via Fred Astaire's timeless choreography in Top Hat from 1935.

First exhibited at the MAKK Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Cologne, The Art of Pop Video showcases the work of major visual artists whose work has been heavily influenced by the pop video. Artists featured include Andy Warhol, Pipilotti Rist, Wolfgang Tillmans, Carsten Nicolai and Christian Jankowski. And there's a Liverpool flavour to the exhibition too, with videos for 'local heroes' including The Beatles, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, OMD and Ladytron - and a new video is being made for local band Outfit via a competition organised by FACT and Liverpool Sound City.

The Art of Pop Video show runs to May 26th 2013 and admission to the exhibition is free.

David Knight - 22nd Mar 2013

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