Critical Writing Index


by Marty Dunn, Peggy Gale and Garry Neill Kennedy

Toronto Ontario: Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), 1974

The exhibition catalogue Videoscape was produced to accompany the first major survey of video art in Canada, held at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in 1974, and curated by Peggy Gale. The catalogue contains a forward written by William C. Forsey, the Director of Education at the AGO, an introduction by Marty Dunn, and includes the essays "a new medium" by Peggy Gale, and "echoes from Videospace" by Garry Neil Kennedy, which give an overview of the exhibition, and discuss the trends and tropes in video art in Canada during the medium's early years.

The catalogue contains an extensive overview of Canadian video artists from across the country, as well as a few international artists significant to the development of the medium in the 1970s. In addition to a list of tapes screened during the exhibition, the catalogue provides information about each artist and their work. The catalogue also includes a bibliography listing readings and books written on video art from 1970 to 1974.

ITEM 1974.037 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

FillDavid Askevold

Concert Cover

It's No Use Crying

My Recall of an Imprint from a Hypothetical Jungle

Halifax Notions

Learning about Cars and ChocolatesDana W. Atchley

Instant Death

Created while Dr. Brute and I were at my home in Crested ButtleJill Bellos


Mirror MeditationsCharles Binamé

Réaction 26Robert Bowers


Kiss/Contact/MotherJean-Pierre Boyer

Le Chant magnetique

L'AmertubeEric Cameron

Contact piece: a nude model

Insertion piece: a mouthCollin Campbell


California Myth/Reality


This is an Edit/This is Real


Art Star

This is the way I really am

Sackville I'm Yours - An Interview with Art StarDoug Carbert

HallwayPaul Casselman

Photography '73



Video/LullabyYves Chaput

Qu'est-ce qu'on a fait Bon DieuBarbara Cochrane

Dance, Three MovementsStephen Cruise



Putting Through a Bullet


OxDon Druick

Spanish TragedyMarty Dunn


You are the MessageEd Fitzgerald

Color Video

Leaf/Ladder/ScaleGeneral Idea (Ron Gabe, Jorge Saia, Michael Tims)

Light On Video

Double Mirror Video

Arts Stars in Hollywood - The Decca DanceGerry Gilbert and Carol Itter

BirthdayGoddamatch (Max M. Anderson, Bob Wilcox, Bruce Green, Gordon Reed, Robert Montgomery)

SecondsMichael Goldberg

Killer Whales and Friends

ChildbirthMousse Guernon

LibidanteTimothy A. Hanson

UntitledNoel Harding

Three Pieces For CircuitsMichael Hayden


The Casual FI-flourish in the Font

Soan-GaspéPat Kelly's Students

13 Spatial DefinitionsLes Levine

The Greatest Hits of Les LevineDouglas MacLean

Squa-circRichard Martin


Sons IntérieursTerrence McGlade

FrivolousAnn McMillan

WaterfallsWinston G. McNamee

Good Evening, Gentlemen

In Touch

Third Person SingularGraham Metson

Upon the Nature of DeathRobert Morris

ExchangeCameron Morrison

Studies 21 and 22Ian Murray

Keeping on Top of the Top SongNam June Paik

Global GroveBruce Parsons

Things Seen to The Left and Right

Ear to The LineJohn Pope

Fingers Oranga

KohoutekAl Razutis




98.3 KHz (Bridge at Electrical Storm)

WaveformAlex Salter



Sweet LicksRichard Serra

Television Delivers PeoplePercy Simmons

HeartbeatJeffrey Spalding

Scanning Lines

The Intention of This Tape...Lisa Steele

Ross Street Tapes,Lisa with Egg,Sleep/Dream Vigil,JugglingDavid Tipe

Felt-Room,Field-Sound,Tipe Tape #2Brad Townsend

Screaming,SharleneVisus Foundation

CloudsVortex Intermedia

Suspension,EntropiscapeDoug Waterman

ShuffleJohn Watt

Split -Perceptual Process of Vision: Part 1,Choice-Perceptual Process of Vision: Part II,Peepers,Hypothetical Fornication, I'm a KillerWilliam Wegman

Dog Microphone/Dog CapeJane Wright

Seascapes, Coloured WaterWalter Wright

Synthesizer, Recent WorksJon Young