Van Gogh TV's »Piazza Virtuale«
The Invention of Social Media at documenta IX in 1992
Weinert, Julian ()
Piazza virtuale by the group of artists known as Van Gogh TV was not only the biggest art project ever to appear on television, but from a contemporary point of view the project was also a forerunner of today's social media. The ground-breaking event that took place during the 100 days of documenta IX in 1992 was an early experiment with entirely user-created content. This is the first book-length study of this largely forgotten experiment: It documents the radicality of Piazza virtuale's approach, the novel programme ideas and the technical innovations. It also allows, via QR codes, direct access to videos from the show, which until now have been inaccessible.
KeywordsMedia Art; Social Media; Van Gogh TV; Piazza Virtuale; Documenta; Media; Art; Cultural History; Media History; Media Aesthetics; Media Studies
Publication date and placeBielefeld, 2021
Electronic, holographic & video art