Paul Landon

Professeur, École des arts visuels et médiatiques, chercheur Hexagram, UQAM

The vidéothéâtre, a utopian architecture of moving image presentation

This paper looks at the vidéothéâtre, the public videoviewing room designed in 1971 for Vidéographe, as a point of departure for an artistic reflection upon the failed utopian architectures of moving image presentation. Vidéographe was conceived as a democratic apparatus of rapid production, dissemination and discussion of videos. The vidéothéâtre is significant for its unique arrangement that placed the viewers facing each other seated around a central cluster of outward facing video monitors.