Since 1996, the Department of Art History possesses a collection of international video art, which was purchased with financial resources from professorial appointments. Among the collected videos are milestones of this emergent genre, such as works by Pippilotti Rist and Vito Acconci, as well as artists of the 1980ies, such as Ulrike Rosenbach.
Video art is distinguished by its peculiar design capabilities, enabling the creation of both, documentary and completely abstract works. While with early videos, experimenting with the medium had priority, later on, due to the latest means of technical manipulation, new ideas could be realised. In the 1980ies, further technical innovations allowed the creation of intertwined pictures and therefore of new electronic effects.
Alongside the classic genres, the collection of Video Arts offers a new field for university teaching. Moreover, it offers various additions for the permanent and dynamic exhibition that is ever changing thanks to this collection. Therefore, it is not only incorporated in exhibitions, but also used for the work in seminars.