…a special congratulations to Stephen Partridge on the acquisition of ‘Monitor’, his seminal work of 1974 into the Tate collections:
Monitor 1974 is one of the earliest works by influential video maker Stephen Partridge, and the first to enter Tate’s collection.
It was made while the artist was a student at Maidstone College of Art (the first art college to have video equipment for use by students) where David Hall (1937–2014) was a tutor. The work depicts a Sony monitor, which – with a camera positioned to record it in close-up – relays the resulting footage, creating an infinite succession of repeated images on screen. In Monitor the camera turns upon itself and the technology becomes the subject under scrutiny. During the piece, the monitor is turned and rotated by the hands of the artist, highlighting the nature of the work as an exploration of video technology, at that time a new medium for artists. Monitor rehearses an experiment to trace the parameters and capacities of this new medium, and demonstrates Partridge’s concern with structuralism and selfreflexivity.
Cultural Documents was delighted to work with Stephen Partridge and the team at Tate Britain to organise the acquisition of ‘Monitor’.