Critical Writing Index

Video Art, the Imaginary and the Parole Vide

by Stuart Marshall

Studio International, June 1976, v. 191, no. 981, pp. 243-247

Stuart Marshall discusses the more theoretical interpretations of video art and varying levels of accessibility in light of self-referential or explorative techniques by the artists.. Because video art has a brief history, it has not been allowed an in-depth investigation in to the theoretical implications of video. Marshall discusses Lacan and Freud in this light, focussing in particular on the "imaginary", postulating that video art is in a state of imaginary regression. "It has been suggested by both artists and psychotherapists that the use of video can lead to an "authentic" awareness of the self, but its potential lies in its narrative core" (pg. 247).

ITEM 1976.064 – available for viewing in the Research Centre