Equipment and Technical Issues

Single-channel video, by definition, involves one information source, such as a DVD, one playback device, for example a DVD player, and one display mode, such as a monitor or projector. This set-up is familiar to anyone who owns a TV set and DVD player. However, although the basic principles for exhibiting single-channel video might appear straightforward, there are important technical standards for professional media art exhibition. Proper selection, installation and maintenance of video and audio equipment are critical, and exhibitors should consult qualified technicians where possible. These choices have an impact beyond the purely technical. For example, the decision to project a work in a theatrical setting or to show it looped on a flat-screen monitor in a gallery will be tied to a range of variables, including the exhibition space and design, media formats, playback equipment and display devices, and budget. Perhaps most significantly, these equipment and technical decisions should also speak to the artists' intentions, as they will impact the meaning and perception of the work.

This section provides recommendations and outlines of standard media exhibition formats, playback equipment and display devices for both video and audio. The section also includes a projector installation guide and general technical and equipment troubleshooting tips.