Critical Writing Index

To Touch the Other:: A story of Corpo-electrontic Surfaces

by Christine Ross

The Feminism and Visual Culture Reader, 2002, pp. 48-61, 130-141

New York: Routledge press, 2002

This article explores the video art of Bill Viola and Mona Hatoum with the hypothesis: Video can take a tactile approach to a surface reduces the distance between the filmed body and viewer. Or rather, the hypothesis is investigated through the work of Viola and Hatoum and their varying approaches to the tactile: one whose work displays a frontier in which to explore the self through the other, and the second an attempted transformation of body (the other) into surface.

ITEM 2002.098 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Passage (1987)Bill Viola

Heaven and Earth (1992)Bill Viola

Reasons for Knocking at an Empty House (1982)Bill Viola

Changing Parts (1984)Mona Hatoum

In Measures of Distance (1988)Mona Hatoum

Mona Hatoum

Corps étranger (1994)