Critical Writing Index

Digressions Toward an Art History of Video

by Marc Mayer

Being & Time: The Emergence of Video Projection, 1996, pp. 15-33

Buffalo, New York: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1996

In this article from an exhibition catalogue, the author describes some of the major concerns and arguments between art critics in the first half of the 20th century. Then, taking the technological and aesthetic history of video, the author explores these debates through the 20th Century resurrecting the ideas of Benjamin, Baudelaire, Greenberg and many others. The author suggests that for "the survival of art" artists must go to video. Giving a brief history of early video art, the author focuses on its use by marginalized individuals as a means of talking back to the hegemony of television. The author also discusses Gary Hill.

ITEM 1996.073 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Tall ShipsGary Hill

PassageBill Viola

Clown TortureBruce Nauman