GENERAL IDEA 1969-1994


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Selected Video Exhibitions and Broadcasts


Chez Madame Rosa, Festival de Films d'Artistes sur le Queer: The Blind Leading the Blind #5, La Traverse - Centre d'Art contemporain d'Alfortville, Alfortville, France


The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK
DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program, Berlin, Germany
The image is a virus. Histories of Cinema 1980-1990s – Session 2. Parodies of the Subject, 1980s Television Proposals, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sophia, Madrid, Spain
Indiana University Libraries, Bloomington, USA


Vidéo vintage (touring exhibition organized by Centre Pompidou, Paris, France) ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und Medietechnologie), Karlesruhe, Germany (2012-13); Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon (2013); Oi Futuro Cultural Center, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (2013); National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea (2013); Oi Futuro Cultural Center, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2014);


Vidéo vintage, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France


Momentarily Learning from Mega-Events, Makan, Amman, Jordan
Exchange and Evolution: Worldwide Video, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, USA


General Idea: Film and Videos, 1969-85 part ofQueer Cinema from the Collection: Today and Yesterday, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Swarm, Western Front, Vancouver, Canada
Postmodernism: A video programme, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Canada
ARGOS Centre for Art and Media, Brussels, Belgium


Changing Channels: Kunst und Fernsehen 1963-1987 / Art and Television 1963-1987, MUMOK (Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig), Vienna, Austria
Are You Ready for TV? MACBA (Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona), Barcelona, Spain CGAC (Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporánea), Santiago de Compostela, Spain


General Idea, Filmwinter Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
General Idea, Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom


Toronto Xchange Club, Ocularis, Brooklyn, USA


30 Jaar: Nederlandse Videokunst, Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst, Amsterdam
Eternal Network: Videos from the Western Front Archives 1973-2001, (touring exhibition):
The Western Front, Vancouver, Canada; Video Pool, Winnpeg, Canada; Vidéographe, Montréal, Canada Art Star: Video Art Biennial, Saw Gallery, Ottawa, Canada


Video Acts: Single Channel Works from the Collections of Pamela and Richard Kramlich and New Art Trust, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, USA


Video Time, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA


Fragile Electrons: Celebrating Twenty Years of Collecting Video Art - Videotapes from the Art Metropole Collection, The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada


Documenta X, Kassel, Germany
Video Plaza, Monte Video, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


General Idea, World Wide Video Center, Den Haag, The Netherlands


The Sequel: Shut the Fuck Up, installation at 5e Semaine Internationale de Video, Geneva, SWITZERLAND
Videotapes by General Idea, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada


General Idea, Taormina Arte Video, Taormina, Italy


General Idea, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany


Shut the Fuck Up (Spanish Television broadcast), SPAIN


Test Tube, Cornucopia, Shut the Fuck Up (Dutch Television broadcast), The Netherlands
Video as Television, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
General Idea Video Retrospective, Images '89 Festival, Toronto, Canada


Japan 87 International Video Television Festival, SPIRAL, Wacoal Art Center, Tokyo, Japan
Documenta 8, Kassel, Germany


Video Viewpoints, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA


General Idea Retrospective, International Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal, Canada
Talking Back to the Media (festival), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Test Tube (television broadcast), Much Music, Toronto, Canada


  • Second Link - Viewpoints on Video in the Eighties (touring exhibition): Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Canada; Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; A Space, Toronto, Canada; Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, USA; Institute of Contemporary Art, London, United Kingdom; Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan; Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan; Hokkaido Asahikawa Museum of Art, Hokkaido, Japan; Education and Cultural City of Sapporo, Sapporo, Japan; Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Kobe, Japan; The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan

  • 1982

    Prime Time Video (television broadcast), Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Canada
    New Narratives for Livingroom Viewing, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
    Documenta 7, Kassel, Germany


    Portopia International Video Festival (award-winner), Kobe, Japan
    San Francisco Video Festival (broadcast), San Francisco, USA
    Frontiers (broadcast), WNED-TV, Buffalo, USA
    Video Video, Toronto Film Festival, Toronto, Canada


    Venice Biennale, Canadian Pavilion, Venice, Italy
    Test Tube, Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, Canada


    Colour Bar Lounge, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Video Weeks Essen, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany


    In Video (touring exhibition), Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
    Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada; Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, Canada Another Dimension, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
    High Profile (slowscan transmission between the CN Tower and Video Inn), Toronto and Vancouver, Canada
    Video Open (cablecast), Calgary, Canada
    Artists and the Media, Graz, Austria
    Towards an Audience Vocabulary ( cablecast), Toronto, Canada
    Open Line (slowscan transmission between cities), Toronto, New York, Memphis, San Francisco, Vancouver, Victoria, Canada and USA


    Pilot (television broadcast), OECA TV Ontario, Toronto, Canada
    Xth Biennale des Jeunes, Musée d'art moderne, Paris, France


    Projects Video VIII, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
    Forum '76, Musée des Beaux Arts, Montreal, Canada
    Video International, Aarhus, DENMARK
    Festival Calgary, Parachute Centre, Calgary, Canada


    Video Art (touring exhibition) Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, USA; Contemporary Art Centre, Cincinatti, USA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, USA


    Project '74, Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne, Germany
    Videoscape, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada


    Light-On Documentation, Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, Canada


    Exposé –A Video Device, (video installation), A Space, Toronto, Canada