David Hall (born in 1937) is a significant British video artist. He began as a sculptor exhibiting internationally, winning 1st prize at the Biennale de Paris in 1965. In 1966 he was represented in the seminal minimal art show, Primary Structures, at the Jewish Museum, New York.
In 1967 he began working with photography and film and in 1969-70 video. He was probably the most dominant figure in British video art at that time producing the first artist "interventions" on British television, for Scottish TV in 1971. In 1972 he showed the first multi-screen video installation in London at Gallery House and in the early years organised a number of important video exhibitions and events including co-curating the first major international Video Show at the Serpentine Gallery, London in 1975, and in 1976 the first video installations show at the Tate Gallery, London. In the same year he initiated and became a founder of London Video Arts, an organisation for the promotion and distribution of video art, now part of LUX, London.
He has been a highly influential teacher at the Royal College of Art, San Francisco Art Institute, Chelsea College of Art, St Martins School of Art, Maidstone College of Art, Nova Scotia College of Art and many more. He was conferred Honorary Professor at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, part of the University of Dundee in 2003. In addition to a long career exhibiting in international art venues he has also made work for broadcast by, among others, BBC TV, Channel 4 TV, Scottish TV, Canal+ TV and MTV.
"David Hall's work set the stage for an era in which artists took up the camera to challenge television's established formulations and its power as a medium of social control... his interventions almost established a genre, with subsequent works by [for example] Stan Douglas, Bill Viola and Chris Burden following the form of unannounced disturbances.." Eye magazine, no.60, 2006.
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