Critical Writing Index

Beyond Video: Why Is So Much of Today's Video Art Accompanied By Things That Go Bump In The Dark?

by Martin Herbert

Art Review:, Feb. 2007, no. 8, pp. 78-83

Current trends in video work are seeing the medium more often paired with three dimensional installation. Herbert tracks the progression of video installations as it emerged from shattered modernist theories of medium-specificity to it's contemporary, "promiscuous" relationship with sculpture and live performance.

Sculptural works disrupt the passive viewing of video-as-TV, "spiking the habitual slow trance and denial of corporality that is the handmaiden of single channel conveyance."

ITEM 2007.010 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

HateballNathaniel Mellors

TV Bra For Living SculptureNam June Paik

Live-Taped Video CorridorBruce Nauman

Berlin ExercisesRebecca Horn

Kim Jones

Matthew Barney

Marcel Duchamp

Witch's Cradle OuttakesMaya Deren

The Way Things GoFischli and Weiss

Mike Kelly

Paul McCarthy

Tony Oursler

TV GardenNam Hune Paik

Tamy Ben-Tor

Stamping In the StudioBruce Nauman

Treehouse KitGuy Ben-Ner

Le Radeau de la MacumbaChristoph Draeger

Le Radeau de la MacumbaGary Breslin

Director's Cut (Fool For Love)Runa Islam

First Day of SpringRuna Islam

Group of Seven (One Absent Friend)Angela Bulloch

Anne Bean

We Have MiceWard Shelly

GesamtkunstwerkWard Shelly