In accordance with the principle of the Anarchive series, Jean Otth ....on the Council of Nicea is all at once an original creation, as well as a database of Jean Otth's work.
This DVD-ROM is the annotated catalogue of his video works. Although Jean Otth is one of the pioneers of video art in Switzerland, he has also worked with other media as well, such as painting, photography, and the computer. These other works are presented here.
This publication is composed of two discs:
– the first is a DVD-ROM (for Mac or PC) that enables access, in an interactive way, not only to the videos, but also to filmed documentation of the video installations (28 pieces), as well as a significant body of visual documentation of works realized in other media (930 reproductions);
– the second DVD, playable on any dvd player, contains 20 of the artist's videos (in their totality and excerpts).
Thirteen short video pieces, created especially for this project, illustrate the different problematics that run through the work of Jean Otth.
Finally, a selection of the artist's writings, as well as numerous critical texts about his work, are accessible in this database, and are in printable form (57 texts).
“This DVD is a reflection of my work, but above all it is a contradictory observation and expression of issues of representation and non-representation. It is thus the report of a new Council of Nicea that was held in my studio between 1967 and 2007…”
Artistic director: Jean Otth.
Edited by Anne-Marie Duguet.
Texts by René Berger, Edmond Charrière, Anne-Marie Duguet, Lysianne Léchot-Hirt, Geneviève Loup, Michel Thévoz, Jörg Zutter, Jean Otth.
Programmation: Marc Göring « Electron libre » Lausanne and Adrien Cater.
Graphic design: Werner Jeker.
Translations: Douglas Parsons.
Sound: Christian Pahud.