Critical Writing Index

Tribal T.V.: New Video and Democracy on the Praries after Modernism

by A. Rushton

Arts Manitoba, Summer 1983, v. 2, no. 3, pp. 39-44

This article begins by analyzing the meaning of abstract expressionism and than moves toward video art. It relates video art to modernism by citing such examples of Canadian Video Art.

The article looks at the correlation between Modernism and Democracy, and the concept of "open" work at play, through the works of 5 Winnipeg-based video artists.

"The entertainment or free choice factor should not be overlooked as one of the most, if not the most, important factor in modernism. The discussion of the underlying assumptions of modern art now sets the stage for an understanding of the problems facing contemporary art, including work can mean fewer specific things but unlike Modernism it cannot mean nothing at all".

ITEM 1983.022 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

NewsplaySamir Chahda

MephistoGerry Kasil

Dating and Mate SelectionGerry Kasil

Live WireAl Poruchnyk

Making the RoundsJeff Funnel & John Will

Exploitation GalleryJeff Funnel & John Will

Obsessively ImminentVern Hume

Jackson Pollock

Paul Jenkins

Joseph Albers

Feed General ConceptSamir Chahda

Future TenseVern Hume

Live WireAl Poruchnyk

BallisticsGerry Kasil

Lust for TraumaVern Hume

Remembering a Rational SolutionVern Hume

Exploitation GalleryJeff Funnel/John Will

Making the RoundsJenn Funnel/John Will