Abstract Video: The Moving Image in Contemporary Art by Gabrielle Jennings, Kate Mondloch

By Gabrielle Jennings, Kate Mondloch

delivering ancient and theoretical positions from a number of artwork historians, artists, curators, and writers, this groundbreaking assortment is the 1st important sourcebook on abstraction in moving-image media. With a selected specialize in paintings on account that 2000, Abstract Video addresses an extended historical past of experimentation in video, web paintings, deploy, new media, improved cinema, visible tune, and experimental movie. Editor Gabrielle Jennings—a video artist herself—reveals as by no means sooner than how works of summary video aren't in basic terms, because the well known curator Kirk Varnedoe as soon as positioned it, “pictures of nothing,” yet relatively amorphous, ungovernable areas that motivate contemplation and innovation. In explorations of the paintings of celebrated artists resembling Jeremy Blake, Mona Hatoum, Pierre Huyghe, Ryoji Ikeda, Takeshi Murata, Diana Thater, and Jennifer West, along rising artists, this quantity offers clean and full of life views on a burgeoning and ever-changing enviornment of up to date art.

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22. The term selfie was Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year in 2013. com/press-releases/oxford-dictionaries-word-of-the-year-2013/.  Varnedoe, Pictures of Nothing, 160. 24. Rosalind Krauss, “Video: The Aesthetics of Narcissism,” October 1 (1976): 50–​64. 25. Krauss, “Aesthetics of Narcissism,” 50. 26. Krauss, “Aesthetics of Narcissism,” 53. 27. For more on Joan Jonas’s Vertical Roll, see Siona Wilson’s contribution to this volume (chapter 4). 16 • I n t r o d u c t i o n PART ONE TRANSMISSION This page intentionally left blank 2 FILM IMAGE / ELECTRONIC IMAGE The Construction of Abstraction, 1960–​1990 John G.

Photograph © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. 3 The Nova Scotia College of Art in Halifax put on an exhibition (October 25 to November 9, 1969) featuring four different media presentations from Class One of the Synopsis of Categories, “Abstract Relations. X. V. Guide (Saturday, October 25); advertising posters bought for twelve routes of the Halifax city bus network (October 25 to November 1); and a billboard went up on St. Margaret’s Bay Road. My focus here is on the third Canadian manifestation of The Second Investigation, at the Douglas Gallery in October 1969, which, uniquely, attempted to program Synopsis text on broadcast television.

This engagement in the temporality of the screening process and the direct acknowledgment of the viewer also come into play in the work of artists working in video from the early 1960s to the present. ” 3 Here Vostell enjoins the viewer to participate in disrupting the flow of television entertainment by covering the screen and making it into an abstract, fractured image. Fluxus and happening events in the early 1960s, when artists first appropriated the television set into their artmaking, also extended to altering the electronic patterns of the cathode ray tube.

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