Critical Writing Index

Thoughts on Shirley Clarke and the TP Videospace Troupe

by Andrew Gurian

Millennium Film Journal, 2004

Artist and author Andrew Gurian provides the reader with a heavily annotated historical account of film and video artist Shirley Clarke’s practice, inter-spliced with first-hand accounts and experiences from workshops and collaborations, offering the reader a detailed account of what Clarke’s living and working environment was like. Gurian notes that Clarke has often been omitted from history, despite her grandiose contributions to film, video and avant-garde experimentation. Clarke’s work was primarily concerned with action, documentation, motion, perception, perspective, play and experimental cross disciplinary and collaborative art making; creating an infantilizing, immersive experience for the participant.

ITEM 2004.165 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Video Ferris WheelShirley Clarke

Arthur C. Clarke

Peter Brook

Jean-Paul Léaud

Carl Lee

Richard Leacock

Nicholas Ray

Willard Van Dyke

Peter Bogdonovich

Milos Forman

Agnès Varda

Harry Smith

Paul Morrisey

Michel Auder

Severn Darden

Strom De Hirsch

Lech Kowalski

Alan Watts

Gregory Corso

Allen Ginsberg

Peter Orlovsky

Ornette Coleman

Irving Kahn

Nam June Paik

Shigeko Kubota

The Vasulkas

Shalom Gorewitz

Ira Schneider

Philip Perlman

Wendy Clarke

Bruce Ferguson

Shridhar Bapat

Susan Milano

Elsa Morse

DeeDee Halleck

David Cort

Nancy Cain

Davidson Gigliotti

Parry Teasdake

Roger LArson

Willard Van Dyke

In Paris ParksShirley Clarke

Scary TimeShirley Clarke

Portrait of JasonShirley Clarke

The ConnectionShirley Clarke

Paul Ryan

Dance in the SunShirley Clarke

The Etras

Stephen Beck

A Radio Drama for Two T.V BallsShirley Clarke

My FatherShigeko Kubota

Eija-Liisa Ahtila

Joe Chaikin

Sam Shepard

Tongues and Savage/LoveShirley Clarke

The kitchenThe TP Videospace Troupe

Video ToysThe TP Videospace Troupe