The proposed essay intends to address the context related to the History of Video Art in Italy in the Seventies deepening production and exhibition contexts of the art-works produced through, in particular, the activities of private and public video art production centers spread over the Italian territory (Videobelisco A.V.R., art/tapes/22, Centro Video Arte, Studio 970/2, Cavallino gallery). These centers, given the inaccessible costs of the recording devices, as well as the need to have specific technical skills, are of fundamental importance to allow artists to experiment with the new recording device. They are also the ones to take charge in many cases of the distribution of the works in exhibition contexts in Italy and abroad and to contribute, together with some art critics, to the first theories on the use of the new device in the artistic sphere. In conclusion, some of the causes of the end of these experiences will be analyzed, as well as the transition from the Seventies to the Eighties, when the production systems will change, as will exhibition contexts, mostly during dedicated Festivals.
This article is available in ITA.