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Video Art: A Guided Tour


Catherine Elwes

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Video art dominates the international art world to such an extent that its heady days on the radical fringes are sometimes overlooked often unknown. Video Art, a Guided Tour is an essential and highly entertaining guide to video art and its history. Elwes, herself a practicing artist and pioneer of early video, traces the story from the weighty Portapak equipment of the '60s and '70s to today's digital technology, from early experiments in 'real time' to the 'new narrative' movement of the '80s. She also examines video's love-hate relationship with television. Artists discussed include, amongst others, Nam June Paik, Nan Hoover, The Duvet Brothers, Dara Birnbaum, Bill Viola, Pipilloti Rist, David Hall, Stuart Marshall, Stan Douglas, Smith & Stewart, Steve McQueen and Sam Taylor-Wood. Elwes brings to life the excitement and political fervour of video art's early days and follows its journey to its current status as the default medium for contemporary art.

About the Author

Catherine Elwes is a practising video artist, Director of the UK/Canadian Film & Video Exchange and Reader in Moving Image Arts at the University of Arts, London. Her previous book Video Loupe (2000) is an anthology of writings by and about the artist.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Foreword by Shirin Neshat


1. Introduction: From the Margins to the Mainstream

2. The Modernist Inheritance: Tampering with the Technology, and Other Interferences

3. Disrupting the Content: Feminism

4. Masculinities: Class, Gay and Racial Equality

5. Language: Its Deconstruction and the UK Scene

6. Television Spoofs and Scratch: Parody and Other forms of Sincere Flattery

7. Video Art on Television

8. Video Sculpture

9. The 1990s and the New Millennium



Index and Videography

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SKU 9781850435464
Author(s) Catherine Elwes
Publisher(s) I.B.Tauris
Format Paperback
Original publication date 24 Dec 2004
Number of pages 168 pages including 30 b&w halftone illustrations
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