Critical Writing Index

New Wine into Old Bottles: Some Comments on the Early Years of Art Video

by Laura Cottingham

Outer & Inner Space: Pipilotti Rist, Shirin Neshat, Jane & Louise Wilson, and the History of Video Art, 2002, pp. 4-13

Richmond, Virginia: Virginia Mudeum of Fine Art/University of Washington Press, 2002

The article presents a critical survey of the early history of video art, spanning from the early 60's to early 80's. Interesting issues such as the relationship between video and text in the early stage of video art production are analyzed. As well, the emergence of video technology as a militaristic and commercial interests at the aftermath of World War II, and the passage from and differentiation of avant-garde film and video art are also given consistent attention. The author spends quite some time talking about the emergence of video art in connection to women artists engaged in feminist activism.

ITEM 2002.119 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Sergei Eisenstein

Luis Bunuel, Salvador Dali, Jean Cocteau

Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman (1978-1979)Dara Birnbaum

Works for Broadcast (1977)James Byrne

Maya Deren

The Connection (1961)Shirley Clarke

Kenneth Anger

Marie Menken

Outer and Inner Space (1965)Andy Warhol

Warhol's Fifteen Minutes (1980; MTV)Andy Warhol

"Home Movement" (independent cinema movement, NY, mid 1960's)Jonas Mekas

Bum (1965)Les Levine

Teepee Videospace Troupe (collaborative project and "art movement between avant-garde film makers and thetre communities in NY)Shirley Clarke

Propellerband (1979)Klaus von Bruch

Allan Sekula

L.O.V.E. Collective

Nancy Buchanan

Mako Idemitsu

The Eternal Frame (1975)T.R. Uthco

The Los Angeles Women's BuildingLynn Blumenthal and Kate Horsfield

Douglas Davis

Blue Studio: Five Segments (1975-76)Merce Cunningham and Charles Atlas

Representational Painting (1971)Eleanor Antin


Ardele Lister


In Morning and In Rage (1976)Leslie Labowitz and Suzanne Lacy

Vital Statistics of a Citizen, Simply Obtained(1977)Martha Rosler

Nun and Deviant (1976)Nancy Angelo and Candace Compton

Free, White and 21 (1980)Howardena Pindell

Television Produces People (1973)Richard Serra

Do You Believe in Television (1976)Chris Burden

TV is OK (1976)Ilene Segalove

Advice from Mom (1973)Ilene Segalove

New and Used Car Salesman (1973-74)William Wegman

Semiotics of the Kitchen (1975)Martha Rosler

Theme Song (1973)Vito Acconici

The Eternal Frame (1975)Chip Lord (Ant Farm)

The Eternal Frame (1975)Doug Michels (Ant Farm)

The Eternal Frame (1975)Curtis Schreier (Ant Farm)