12 May, 2016, 19:00

The first meeting of the Video Art Archive’s program «Screenings and Conversations» will take place in Studio 20 on May 12, 7pm with artist Harout Simonyan, art critic Vardan Jaloyan and the participants. The subject of the discussion with the participants will be the body politics on the example of Harout Simonyan’s video art works and performances.

How does the body create a social space, why is important the absence of the audience?

Harout Simonyan has been doing non representative art in contemporary art scene in recent years. In mid 90-s, when he was still doing video art and performance, today’s non representative situation was already obvious.

Using the medium and the occasion the artist attached so much attention to this that he was constantly questioning whether his works do not cause consumerism. The artist as before now also eliminates consumerism making his objective as an artist the creation of a social space.

Harout Simonyan creates this social space in video works and performances by doing an action, putting the medium - body into movement (body politics).

Artist’s current situation can still be noticed in his works when he for instance during performances used control cameras or while showing video works created such a situation that the viewer uses headphones - getting a participative status by changing his situation.

Harout Simonyan (b. 1972) has been active in contemporary art since 90s. He lives in New York and Yerevan.

Video Art Archive’s program “Screenings and Conversations” aims to question in the context of contemporary art how the moving image produces ways of thinking and to foster the creation of the critical discourse on moving image. The aim of the program is to readdress the content to which the artists working in Armenia in recent 25 years have referred in their art practices.
Video Art Archive is the project of Art Basis that works on the collection and preservation of video works.
The project is realized in the frames of the “Regional Art and Culture Project in the South Caucasus”, which is managed by the Culture and Management Lab with financial support of the Swiss Cooperation Office for the South Caucasus (SCO).