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Illuminating Video : the Essential Guide To Video Art (90 Edition)


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Illuminating Video is the most comprehensive collection of essays on video art, as well as an essential text for the general reader interested in new visual forms. It is a significant resource for anyone who is involved in new media, video art, art history, or contemporary social theory.

The volume offers insights by several prominent artists in the field as well as revealing and instructive writings by both scholars and critics. It illustrates the complex, heterogeneous nature of video, and highlights its strong ties to the visual arts and social theory. While providing an essential critical context for understanding video's role as art, these writings show that video is at the forefront of contemporary cultural and aesthetic discourse. Using a wide range of strategies, from the poetic to the reconstructive, these essays provide a long-overdue academic-friendly context in which to evaluate video as art and its subsequent impact on social and cultural behavior.

Editors Hall and Fifer have organized the book into five sections that address the varied aspects of video. From essays investigating the construction of a history of video; to articles on the relation(s) of video to other media, fine art, and culture; to pieces specifically created by leading video artists for this publication; Illuminating Video has much to offer any student or scholar of video production or aestheics.


Gathers together essays on video art, covering such aspects as its history, and its relationship to the media, fine arts, and culture.


This book is an insightful evaluation of video art since its early beginnings, examining its theoretical, aesthetic and social implications.

About the Author

Doug Hall is an artist who as been working in video and related media since 1970. His work has been shown at major museums in North America and Europe, and is included in public and private collections. He is chair of the department of performance/video at the San Francisco Art Institute, where he has been a faculty member since 1980.

Sally Jo Fifer has a Bachelor of Arts in art history from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master's in communication from Stanford University. She is Executive Director of the Bay Area Video Coalition, a national arts/technology access and training center, helping artists produce programming ranging from video and installation art to performing-arts documentation.

Table of Contents


Preface, David Bolt

Foreword, David A. Ross

Introduction: Complexities of an Art Form, Doug Hall and Sally Jo Fifer


Video: Shedding the Utopian Moment, Martha Rosler

A Brief History of American Documentary Video, Deirdre Boyle

Dé-collage/Collage: Notes Toward a Reexamination of the Origins of Video Art, John G. Hanhardt

Video Art: What's TV Got To Do With It?, Kathy Rae Huffman

And if the Right Hand did not know What the Left Hand is doing, Gary Hill

Paradox in the Evolution of an Art Form: Great Expectations and the Making of a History, Marita Sturken


Television, Furniture, and Sculpture: The Room with the American View, Vito Acconci

Performance, Video, and Trouble in the Home, Kathy O'Dell

Video Installation Art: The Body, the Image, and the Space-in-Between, Margaret Morse

Video in Relation to Architecture, Dan Graham

The Rio Experience: Video's New Architecture Meets Corporate Sponsorship, Dara Birnbaum

The Art of The Possible, Francesc Torres

Mobility, As American as . . . , Chip Lord

Aligning The Museum Reaction Piece, Howard Fried

Audience/Reception: Access/Control

The Feminism Factor: Video and its Relation to Feminism, Martha Gever

The Medium Is the Mess . . . age, Bruce and Norman Yonemoto

This Is Not a Paradox, Judith Barry

f0The Wild Things on the Banks of the Free Flow, Dee Dee Halleck

The Fantasy Beyond Control, Lynn Hershman

Reach Out and Touch Someone: The Romance of Interactivity, Ann-Sargent Wooster

Ethnicity, Politics, and Poetics: Latinos and Media Art, Coco Fusco

Behind the Image, Muntadas

Interventions of the Present: Three Interactive Videodiscs, 1981-90, Peter d'Agostino

Syntax and Genre

The Cultural Logic of Video, Maureen Turim

The Smell of Turpentine, Juan Downey

The Importance of Being Ernie: Taking a Close Look (and Listen), Bruce Ferguson

Untitled, Joan Jonas

Audience Culture and the Video Screen, Norman M. Klein

Significant Others: Social Documentary as Personal Portraiture in Women's Video of the 1985, Christine Tamblyn

Telling Stories

Video Writing, Raymond Bellour

Appropriation of Contemporary Reality: An Anecdote, Tony Labat

Directions/Questions: Approaching a Future Mythology, Rita Myers

Light and Death, Mary Lucier

The New Epistemic Space, Woody Vasulka

Three Tapes by Steina, Steina

Video Black—The Mortality of the Image, Bill Viola

Phototropic, Tony Oursler



Selected Bibliography

Videography and Video Index

Picture Credits


Product Details

Hall, Doug; Fifer, Sally Jo
Fifer, Sally Jo
Hall, Doug
Ross, David
Television & Video
Fine Arts
Video - General
Arts, fine
Video art
Video - Reference
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