Re: Michael Rush's video art text

From: Chuck Kleinhans (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Dec 10 2009 - 00:05:39 PST

Video art

Going back to the earlier question from Roddy that started this
discussion of books, I’ve found A.L. Rees, A History of Experimental
Film and Video a good undergrad teaching text. The last third is
just about the UK, but the first two thirds cover N. America very

some other books on video art to take a look at:

John Hanhardt, ed. Video Culture: A Critical Investigation. Front
end loaded with heavy theory (Benjamin, Brecht, Althusser,
Ensensberger, Baudrillard) plus the likes of David Antin, Rosalind
Krauss, Nam June Paik, and Gene Youngblood.

Jackie Hatfield, ed. Experimental Film and Video is really just about
the UK but does talk about both film and video.

Catherine Elwes, Video Art: A Guided Tour manages to cover the
history and major issues and themes from the portapak to today’s
gallery and museum presence.

Chris Meigh-Andrews, A History of Video Art: the Development of Form
and Function runs through the history in three cycles: first the
historical and cultural context, second key works in terms of their
technical and critical significance, and third video art and video
installation in terms of technology and distribution.

Michael Rush’s New Media in Art (Second Edition) is a broad and
richly illustrated survey type book.

Michael Renov and Erika Suderberg, eds. Resolutions: Contemporary
Video Practices ranges through the video scene up to the mid-90s with
a wide range of topics from artworld to access media.

This thread has been pretty US-centric. Jenny Lion, Magnetic North on
Canadian Experimental Video is a good balance/corrective.

Chuck Kleinhans

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