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HISTORY: The Case for Video Art | ARTLECTURE

HISTORY: The Case for Video Art

/The History/
by The Art Assignment



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What is video art? How is it any different from all the other moving pictures that are apparently not-art?

It would be a trend of modern art that has been active since the first half of the 1970s. Video art might come from the fact that it is largely divided into the pursuit of technology's artistic possibilities and the resistance against formalism art. Video art is characterized by deliberately rejecting much of the basic principles of those even though it tends to use the overall technology of commercial television or digital media.

Let's explore its history and present more.


Nam June Paik's Electronic Superhighway: Continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii 1995


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Further Reading

Making Video 'In' - The Contested Ground of Alternative Video On The West Coast Edited by Jennifer Abbott (Satellite Video Exchange Society, 2000).

Videography: Video Media as Art and Culture by Sean Cubitt (MacMillan, 1993).

A History of Experimental Film and Video by A. L. Rees (British Film Institute, 1999).

New Media in Late 20th-Century Art by Michael Rush (Thames & Hudson, 1999).

Mirror Machine: Video and Identity, edited by Janine Marchessault (Toronto: YYZ Books, 1995).

Sounding the Gallery: Video and the Rise of Art Music by Holly Rogers (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013).

Video Culture: A Critical Investigation, edited by John G. Hanhardt (Visual Studies Workshop Press, 1986).

Video Art: A Guided Tour by Catherine Elwes (I.B. Tauris, 2004).

A History of Video Art by Chris Meigh-Andrews (Berg, 2006)

Diverse Practices: A Critical Reader on British Video Art edited by Julia Knight (University of Luton/Arts Council England, 1996)

ARTFORUM FEB 1993 "Travels In The New Flesh" by Howard Hampton (Printed by ARTFORUM INTERNATIONAL 1993)

Resolutions: Contemporary Video Practices', (eds. Renov, Michael & Erika Suderburg) (London, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press,1996).

Expanded Cinema by Gene Youngblood (New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, 1970).

The Problematic of Video Art in the Museum 1968-1990 by Cyrus Manasseh (Cambria Press, 2009).

"First Electronic Art Show" by (Niranjan Rajah & Hasnul J Saidon) (National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, 1997)

"Expanded Cinema", (David Curtis, A. L. Rees, Duncan White, and Steven Ball, eds), Tate Publishing, 2011

"Retrospektiv-Film-org videokunst| Norge 1960-90". Edited by Farhad Kalantary & Linn Lervik. Atopia Stiftelse, Oslo, (April 2011).

Experimental Film and Video, Jackie Hatfield, Editor. (John Libbey Publishing, 2006; distributed in North America by Indiana University Press)

"REWIND: British Artists' Video in the 1970s & 1980s", (Sean Cubitt, and Stephen Partridge, eds), John Libbey Publishing, 2012.

Reaching Audiences: Distribution and Promotion of Alternative Moving Image by Julia Knight and Peter Thomas (Intellect, 2011)

Wulf Herzogenrath: Videokunst der 60er Jahre in Deutschland, Kunsthalle Bremen, 2006, (No ISBN).

Rudolf Frieling & Wulf Herzogenrath: 40jahrevideokunst.de: Digitales Erbe: Videokunst in Deutschland von 1963 bis heute, Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2006, ISBN 978-3-7757-1717-5.

NBK Band 4. Time Pieces. Videokunst seit 1963. Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2013, ISBN 978-3-86335-074-1.

Demolden Video Project: 2009-2014. Video Art Gallery, Santander, Spain, 2016, ISBN 978-84-16705-40-5.

Valentino Catricalà, Laura Leuzzi, Cronologia della videoarte italiana, in Marco Maria Gazzano, KINEMA. Il cinema sulle tracce del cinema. Dal film alle arti elettroniche andata e ritorno, Exorma, Roma 2013.