Critical Writing Index

The Market is the Medium: Introduction: Ko Nakajima TAPE / John Sanborn DISC

by Paul Wong

Video Guide, Sept. 1986, v. 8, no. 38/3, pp. 18-19

Article discussing the current dilemma media artists are faced with; being caught in an uncomfortable relationship with both the staid art world and the crassness of mass media. The writing explores the challegnes for independent video producers working on the fringe of 20th century television, and the type of video works that are being created to both critique and emulate commercial television.

Paul Wong gives two examples to his introduction with Japanesse producter/director Ko Nakajima (TAPE) and New York producer/director John Sanborn (DISC). Wong not only describes Nakajima's involvement in video art but also the way in which his work is disseminated into (or for) the public. Sanborn is presented as an example of prolific collaboration and also as an artist functioning under methods of access and accessibility; meaning, that his work is distributed on many formats and seen in many venues (TV, cable, galleries, etc.)

ITEM 1986.134 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Television Delivers PeopleRichard Serra

Between The FramesMuntadas

Mr. FujiKo Nakajima

New Visual Artists's Series: John SanbornLaserDisc (Pioneer Group)

Sanborn Time LineJohn Sanborn

Spray on VideoJohn Sanborn

Ear to the GroundJohn Sanborn

The LessonJohn Sanborn

And Now This...John Sanborn

Perfect LivesJohn Sanborn

Big Electric CatJohn Sanborn

RenaissanceJohn Sanborn

RenaissanceDean Winkler

LuminaireJohn Sanborn

LuminaireDean Winkler

Ear/esponsibilityJohn Sanborn

Sister Suzie CinemaJohn Sanborn