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Initialising History


Video Works 1980-1999 selected by the artist

Peter Callas' award-winning works have been widely exhibited and screened nationally and internationally - in galleries, musuems and festivals, and also broadcast on television stations such as BBC2 London, Canal + Paris, and NHK Satellite Tokyo. Several of Callas' works have been acquired for collection by many art institutions, including Centro de Arte Reina Sophia, Madrid; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

"This retrospective of Callas' video art traces a trajectory from his earliest performative works of 1980 through the dynamic image landscapes of the 1980s and 90s. Throughout, Callas explores the layering and distortion of history and narrative, the relation of media and technology to cultural and personal identity [...] Resonating at once with humour, dislocation and loss, Callas' vivid surfaces serve as an ironic yet poignant illuminated manuscript, a brilliantly illustrated map of global media culture in the late twentieth century."


Video Notes (Rachel Kent - Curator, The Ian Poter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne. All notes, except for Lost in Translation).

Singing Stone, colouriser work, 1980, Sydney, 4:22

A hand clutches an oval stone which is drawn back and forth in tight circular motion, grinding pigment. Produced with a black and white half inch reel-to-reel portapak video recorder (manufactured c.1975), Singing Stone demonstrates Callas' early