The Real and/as Representation: TV, Video, and Contemporary Art in Armenia

The article situates video art produced in Armenia in the late 1990s and early 2000s in the framework of larger social transformations from modern to post-modern society. It explores the ways in which the paradigm shift in media representations in Armenia affected art production and reception. By critically examining theories of video art as developed in the context of the Euro-American academia and their applicability to historically specific contexts, the article argues that the late 1990s brought about a rapid shift in the relationship between the real and representation in which media images were perceived as more real than “reality” of everyday non-mediatized experiences.

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