Early Video Art

Early Video Art is a collection of over 200 titles that are central to an understanding of the historical development of video art. This collection includes, but is not limited to, many titles from the original Castelli-Sonnabend collection, the first and most prominent collection of video art assembled in the United States. All of the work in this collection was produced between 1968 and 1980. These works represent important examples of the first experiments in video art, and include conceptual and feminist performances recorded on video, experiments with the video signal, and "guerilla" documentaries representing a counter-cultural view of the historical events of the 1960s and 70s. Many of these tapes represent a desire for a radically redefined television experience that is centered on the innovative, the personal, the political and the non-commercial.
Videofreex, Yoko Ono Show at The Everson Museum
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Videofreex documentation from October 9th, 1971 of a crowd celebrating the opening of the Yoko Ono retrospective exhibition, This Is Not Here, at the Everson Musem of Art in Syracuse, NY.  The Videofreex document Yoko Ono’s plane landing...

 

Collection: Videofreex Archive, Early Video Art

Tags: art history, documentation, installation, visual art

Videofreex, Tuned In, Turned On! Videofreex Tape the World
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Formed in 1969 at the legendary Woodstock Music Festival by David Cort and Parry Teasdale, who met while taping the events with the newly available Portapak video equipment, the Videofreex (also known as "the Freex") were one of the very first video...

 

Collection: Single Artist Compilations, Videofreex Archive, Early Video Art

Tags: activism, african-american, art collective, body, chicago art, consumer culture, feminism, film or videomaking, image processing, performance, race, state, the, technology, television, video history

Performance / Myself (Or Video Identity)
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This compilation is produced with "myself" as the sole object, as well as the material of the performance (except two videos with Akiko iimura).  The videos are not just documents of the performances, but works of video-art made specifically...

 

Collection: Single Artist Compilations, Early Video Art

Tags: asian-american, film or videomaking, language, performance

Early Conceptual Videos
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A collection of early conceptually oriented videos which were produced in Tokyo in the early 1970s using words along with images, except for the first two flicker-effect pieces: A Chair (1970) and Blinking (1970).  Time Tunnel (1971) is an...

 

Collection: Single Artist Compilations, Early Video Art

Tags: asian-american, conceptual art, video history

Illuminatin' Sweeney
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Skip Sweeney was an early and proficient experimenter with video feedback. A feedback loop is produced by pointing a camera at the monitor to which it is cabled. Infinite patterns and variations of feedback can be derived from manipulating the...

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: image processing, video history

Surveying the First Decade: Volume 2
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This comprehensive package on the history of experimental and independent video is an essential tool for teachers, libraries, and researchers. Volumes 1 and 2 include over 16 hours of historic video on eight thematically curated programs, exploring...

 

Collection: Curated Compilations, DVD Box Sets, Early Video Art

Tags: activism, documentary, image processing, video history

Acconci, Vito, Sounding, Board
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Acconci literally feels the music in this tape as he lays down on speakers playing jazz. The sound pulses through his body while a collaborator massages his nude back in time with the music, occasionally striking Acconci like a rhythm instrument....

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: performance, video history

Untitled (Menses)
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I moved three thousand miles from the east coast to join the feminist art program at CAL ARTS in 1973.  I had only been in LA three weeks when Judy Chicago took us to a "Menstruation" art exhibition at Womanspace Gallery.  The exhibit...

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: body, feminism, gender, video history

30-Second Spots
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Joan Logue cuts down considerably Andy Warhol’s projection of fifteen minutes of fame, with this compilation of 30-Second Spots. Produced to be broadcast as individual, mini-documentaries on the artists and their work, Logue’s short interpretive...

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: dance, music, performance, television, video history, visual art