Critical Writing Index

Video and Electoral Appeal

by Patricia Thompson

Afterimage, Feb. 1985, v. 12, no. 7, pp. 8-11

Patricia Thompson explores a variety of video 'artists' and their response to the prominence of new politics in U.S. presidential campaigns. With the growing prominence of mass media since the nineteen-sixties, video artists are responding to the "packaging, marketing, and stagecraft" present in presidential campaign where ideological issues are being buried under the desire to win the race. Considering a variety of mediums, from video installation to alternative media, Thompson discusses the use of television as a tool for reconstructing American ideals by the media, individual artists, and alternative networks.

ITEM 1985.013 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Running SpeechFrancesc Torres

The SpeechDoug Hall

Making a Political AnnouncementHoward Fried

The Perfect LeaderMax Almy

ed. Political AdvertisingAntonio Muntadas

ed. Political Advertising.Marshall Reese

The World's Largest TV StudioTVTV

Four More YearsDrew Associates