Photo: David Rahn, Video Clouds, 1976.

Magnetic Sequences

An exhibition organized in collaboration with Videographe

February 5 to April 18, 2020

Opening reception : Wednesday, February 5, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Magnetic Sequences is an exhibition exploring the self-organization of video communities, particularly artist-run centres, in Canada during the 1970s. This second collaboration between Artexte and Vidéographe combs through both collections to trace the history of this period in video art produced through artist-run centers. The exhibition underlines how a number of groups were grounded in ideals of exchange and sharing of technical and artistic knowledge as well as videos through various tools and strategies that have left their mark in their respective collections and in that of Artexte.


Magnetic Sequences will include a program of works from Vidéographe’s collection, among others, featuring videos produced by artists working in the 1970s as well as a program presenting contemporary artists working with analogue techniques. The show will also feature documents from Artexte’s collection including distribution catalogues, video directories, manuals and ephemera produced by artist-run centres and galleries across the country.