Critical Writing Index

Chapter 6: An Other and Its Other

by Sean Cubitt

Timeshift. On Video Culture, 1991, pp. 109-127

London, New York: Routledge, Comedia, 1991

Sean Cubitt hypothesizes that video art is a contradictory term in the age of electronics (versus western tradition) and mechanical reproduction, where the discourse of authorship and artistic creation by art theorists have excluded video's relevance to filmic analysis. Cubitt undertakes formal and theoretical analysis of 1980s video art to articulate how marginalized ethnic demographics can represent themselves. Cubitt's structural criticism of minority-produced films illustrates the epistemological shifts experienced by ethnic cultural producers' interpretation of colonial discourses of difference and power dynamics.

Cubitt also criticizes video art theorists for overt centralization critics on Western paradigm of theoretical implementation in video criticism; he concludes that the postmodern condition exacerbates this model in the video medium's aesthetic domain.

ITEM 1991.081 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Family of RobotNam June Paik

Who Killed Colin Roach?Isaac Julien

I Do Not Know What It Is I Am LikeBill Viola

Road to NowhereStephen R. Johnson

Road to NowhereDavid Byrne

Despite the SunDespite TV

Reasons for Knocking at an Empty HouseBill Viola

PassageNam June Paik

ConnectionNam June Paik

ConnectionNam June Paik

Global GrooveNam June Paik

Digital ZenNam June Paik

Satellite BabyNam June Paik

Chott El-Djerid (A Portrait in Light and Heat)Bill Viola

Hatsu Yume (First Dream)Bill Viola

AnthemBill Viola

Reverse TVBill Viola

Satellite ChairNam June Paik

Satellite BabyNam June Paik

Nam June Paik: Edited for TelevisionNam June Paik

Candle-TVNam June Paik

Magic HourFrank Abbott

The Doors of PerceptionAldous Huxley

Point of LightNam June Paik

Suite 212Nam June Paik