Stephen Partridge

Monitor

1974

Not on display
Artist
Stephen Partridge born 1953
Medium
Video, monitor, black and white
Dimensions
Duration: 6min
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 2015
Reference
T14346

Display caption

Monitor is one of the early defining works of video art in Britain, revealing the structural possibilities the medium offered to artists. For Partridge it is a pure exploration of its working process. A 1973 Sony monitor is recorded close up by a camera, the hardware becoming the subject of the video. The
camera, linked to the monitor it is filming, creates in the monitor an infinite succession of repeated images of itself. The artist’s hands are seen to turn the monitor to the right through 90 degrees, challenging the physical restrictions of the monitor by becoming physically involved with repositioning it.

Gallery label, September 2016

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