TO WHOM IT MAY
Sjolander, a well-known swedish artist, is the creator and first director
of VIDEO-NU - Videocentrum.
Video Nu is a finanscially and
ideologically independent organisation, the purpose of which is to develop video
as a free art form by carrying out experiment and research within the artistic
field, utulizing latest electronics technology.
Today, VIDEO-NU has around 150 individual
members and aroud ten institutional members.
Since the establishment in 1979-80, Mr.
Sjolander has served as the chairman of the organisation in several separate
He has also, during the period july 1985
- march 1986, served as administrative director.
Until october 1986 he also, excepting
some shorter breaks, served on the board of the organisation, after which date
he upholds a function as consultant and international representative of the
On behalf of the present board, it is a
pleasure to express our great appreciation of the responsible and successful way
in which Mr. Sjolander has carried out his tasks both in regard to the external
contacts so neccessary for the continuing growth of the organisation and in
regard to the internal work to create opportunities for artists to utulize
latest technology in a meaningful way.
We warmly recommend Mr. Sjolander for any
other similar tasks.
VIDEO - NU
Stockholm - Sweden
The organisation Video-Nu was closed down a
few year later because of the lack of federal fundings,
and after Mr. Sjolander left Sweden and
settled in Australia 1988.
To Whom It May
This is a letter of introduction for Mr.
Sjolander, Swedish artist and administrator. Mr. Sjolander is an important
and influential personality in the Swedish and European art communities, having
been active as an artist since the mid ninteen fifties.
He instigated the establishment of the
Video-Nu Video Centrum in Stockholm, an unique artist run co-operative designed
to facilitate and distribute artists video.
Being among the first artists to utilise
new media as video, Mr. Sjolander is well placed to give lectures and workshops
on this subject at all levels.
I personally came to know Mr. Sjolander
when I was visiting the Video-Nu centre as Artist-In-Residence during 1986, and
I found him warm, helpful and efficient in his roles of Director at the centre
and as a host.
I believe that a visit by Mr. Sjolander
to Australia would be of considerable benefit to artists there, wheter active in
video or other media. For this reason I feel that support should be given to his
visit through the facilitating of lectures and workshops in art schools, art
spaces and similar institutions.
I hope that you can find the time to give
M. Sjolanders project the serious consideration it deserves and perhaps
help him in some way with this undertaking.
Australian Artist, in Europe
Simon Biggs - 2001
(Professor at Sheffield Hallam University)