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Tor Jørgen van Eijk

When I start composing a new video, my point of departure is an ambition to through vivid experimentation discover a never before seen video image. Within the confines of this unseen image, any type of thematics can thrive and evolve.

The works of the Norwegian video artist Tor Jørgen van Eijk position themselves not only in present times, but create visible and believable an intersection in between past and future of video art. Despite the excessive use of well-known special effects origin from the childhood days of video and the principle of repetition, the artist succeeds to create a new contemporary expression by combining established ingredients.

The above methodology has roots in the beginnings of video art, which emerged alongside the first commercially available portable camera in the mid 1960s. In parallel with the emergence of video art as a critical counter to mass media, a significant interest in the aesthetic possibilities inherent to the video signal itself developed. Working within the signal focused tradition today can seem like an anachronism, as digital work flows have long since replaced many of the techniques that van Eijk makes use of in his work. A counter awareness of this is van Eijk´s continuing digital distribution through social media.

Available Videos
Tor Jørgen van Eijk
Infinite Monologue / 62:12 / 2015 ▶
Tor Jørgen van Eijk
Tranquil in RGB / 17:42 / 2012-14 ▶
Tor Jørgen van Eijk
Memento Mori / 13:19 / 2006 ▶
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