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The Nineties: A Playlist

Animal cloning, police violence, and clubbing - the '90s in video by Nicolas Trembley

As the co-founder of Bureau des Videos - the art video production company which made moving image work with Pierre Bismuth, Fischli & Weiss, Sylvie Fleury and Pipilotti Rist, among others - curator Nicolas Trembley was keenly aware of the role of video in the 1990s.

Like Xerox copies (which Felix Gonzalez-Torres, for one, made use of), VHS offered a cheap, unlimited edition, Trembley says, which was in keeping with the era’s embrace of the ‘proposition’. Artists like Pierre Hughe and Jorge Pardo’s exploited of fields like design, publishing - and video, while from fall of the Berlin wall to the AIDS crisis, the decade’s major developments were instantly iconic footage.

From David Lynch to Matthew Barney, Trembley selected a playlist of The Nineties in moving image.

Tom Brokaw at the the fall of the Berlin Wall (1989)

'Twin Peaks' by David Lynch (1990)

Matthew Barney, Blind Perineum (1991)

Police violence against Rodney King (1991)

'Smells Like Teen Spirit' by Nirvana (1991)

Derek Jarman, Blue (1993)

'Princess Lucretia' Spring/Summer collection by John Galliano (1994)

Alex Bag & Patterson Beckwith, Cash from Chaos / Unicorns & Rainbows (1994-1997)

CNN reports Dolly the Sheep - the first mammal cloned (1996)

Rineke Dijkstra, The Buzz Club (1997)

Mark Leckey, Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore (1999)

Nicolas Trembely is a critic, exhibition curator and Curator of the Syz Collection, based in Paris and Geneva.

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