Critical Writing Index

Video is being invented

by Bruce Kurtz

Arts Magazine, Jan. 1973, v. 47, no. 3, pp. 37-44

A brief history of video as art from Nam June Paik's earliest experiments in 1956 to the video collectives emerging in 1973. The author provides detailed analysis of tapes by a selection early video artists, commending video's ability to produce tactile, spatial and colorization effects seen neither in art nor nature. The ability of video to introduce a dialogue between live and taped acts because of its simultaneity also interests the author. The author is hopeful about the future of video art on cable access television, as well as intrigued by the forays of video artists and groups into political lampoons of popular culture. He identifies three categories of video: video by artists, video environments by artists, and video documentaries by recent inductees into video making.

ITEM 1973.024 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Video SynthesizerNam June Paik

Video ChairNam June Paik

Television BraNam June Paik

T.V. ChairNam June Paik

TV In TV OutKeith Sonnier

NoiseLinda Benglis

Home TapeLinda Benglis

On ScreenLinda Benglis

Mirror CheckJoan Jonas

Left Side Right SideJoan Jonas

Vertical RollJoan Jonas

Locating #2Nancy Holt

Rage and DepressionWilliam Wegman

Milk on FloorWilliam Wegman

Stomach StoneWilliam Wegman

Born Without A MouthWilliam Wegman

Three BreakfastsMichael Snow

What's Wrong With Your Eye (Ventriloquism)William Wegman

GenerationsGeorge Bolling

De LaMichael Snow

The Central RegionMichael Snow

Live Taped Video CorridorBruce Nauman

RecycleVideo Freex

Lesbian MothersQueer Blue Light Gay Revolution Video Project

Lesbian MothersDavid Sasser