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Spectacle: The Music Video Exhibition

An exhibit at the Australian Centre of the Moving Image

· Art Exhibits,Australia

Hiatus over, I'm back to blogging. It took a bit longer than I thought to get settled, but now I'm going to aim for at least 1 entry a week, so get ready!

A few weeks ago I got the opportunity to go to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image's exhibit on music videos. The amount of work that goes into them never really crossed my mind, so it was rather eye opening. They've evolved these days to become artworks of their own kind. Various techniques have been put to use in the industry, some become full-length films, like Kanye West's 34-minute Runaway. There are those that go for an interactive element, while others work with art techniques like stop action to combine the real world with things like chalk, legos, pillows and more.

The exhibit's broken into sections, grouping the videos by theme. Starting with the early videos leading up to the music video industry and ending in fan mixups and creations. Here are some of the highlights from the exhibit.

Drawings from Ah-ha's "Take on Me" Video

Some music videos have gone with the video game animation look like this video from Junior Senior, so for the exhibit, they're cleverly displayed in these video arcade style screens.

Props from Steriogram's "Walkie Talkie Man"

The fan video section featured videos like Music Videos with No Music's version of Gangnam Style. Fan mash-ups of Beyonce's Single Ladies, remixes by DJ's, and one of my personal favorites...The Literal Video Version of Total Eclipse of the Heart.

The exhibit's on until February 23, 2014. For more information about prices and times, check out the center's website.

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