Critical Writing Index


by Wulf Herzogenrath

das kunstwerk, June 1977, v. 30, no. 3, pp. 42-44

Wulf Herzogenrath reviews Documenta 6. The exhibition is to address the question of whether video art is only the old presented as something new (Allan Kaprow) or video art is indeed an instrument for change (Beryl Korot and Ira Schneider).

Herzogenrath insists on distinction between VT (videotape) and TV. He categorizes the 10 installations in the show into 3 groups: closed-circuit installations, video-objects, and video tapes without sculptural and spatial contexts. A closed-circuit installation consists of a camera, a monitor and a projector whose combination demands real and direct participation by the audience. Video-objects are video sculptures whose forms correspond to their contents. The third group includes electronic variations, personal notes, tv reflections, and documents. The documents are social & political works and to be distinguished from the personal notes despite that the two often intersect.

ITEM 1977.019 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

TreppeShigeko Kubota

DachauBeryl Korot

ParadieswitweRebecca Horn

HerkulesUlrike Rosenbach

Meetings and CrossingsEd Emschwiller

Left Side/Right SideJoan Jonas

Family AlbumHermine Freed

Life with VideoWilli Walker

TV Delivers PeopleRichard Serra