Critical Writing Index

TV Against TV: Video Art on Television

by John Wyver

Film and Video Art, 2009, pp. 122-131

From the late 1960s to the late 1990s, a range of small-scale initiatives were made towards making a moving-image art for and with television. The majority of works created through these initiatives were conceived and defined "against" television, which, according to the author, removed the medium of video art away from its creative roots and closed down potentially productive dialogues between the two media. This essay offers a critical review of a selection of key achievements in video art history, largely drawn from Britain and the United States, together with an analysis of the rhetoric used in the communication between video art and television.

ITEM 2009.115 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

FishtankRichard Billingham

Nam June Paik

Wolf Vostell

Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman, Kiss the Girls: Make Them CryDara Birnbaum

Death Valley DaysGorilla Tapes

Tory StoriesPeter Savage

Black Gate CologneOtto Piene

Black Gate CologneAldo Tambellini

The Medium is the MessageFred Barzyk

Fernsehgalerie, Land Art, IdentificationsGerry Schum

Self BurialKeith Arnatt

TV as a FireplaceJan Dibbet

TV interruptions, This is a Television ReceiverDavid Hall

Beeldende Kunstenaars Maken VideoOpenbaar Kunstbezit (Ger van Elk, Jan Dibbets, Stanley Brouwn, Marinus Boezem)

StrugglingPeter Donebauer

Late Night Line-upTVX (John 'Hoppy' Hopkins)

Robert Vas

Marc Karlin