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.
Arbitrary Fragments
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Using highly-manipulated and over-processed images, Latham investigates the process of video as inherently fragmented. Weaving together various people’s impressions of the artist and her work, the work demonstrates important parallels between video...

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: feminism, image processing, performance, video history

One, Two, Three, Four
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Starting with an activity as basic as four hands clapping, Landry composes an arresting visual documentation of the fundamentals of music through a play of visual and sonic rhythms. Landry considers these movements “imaginary hand exercises for...

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: music, performance, video history

Barbara Aronofsky Latham, Barbara Latham Videoworks: Volume 1
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The five videos featured here investigate video as a tool for storytelling and the construction of alternate identities. Ultimately Latham concludes that video is an unsatisfactory and cumbersome tool useful only for the creation of dislocated...

 

Collection: Single Artist Compilations, Early Video Art

Tags: body, feminism, video history, videoworks

Art Herstory
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“In her brilliant video Art Herstory, [Freed] has restaged art history, putting herself in the model’s role in numerous paintings.... Time dissolves under her humorous assault—one moment in the painting, then out of the canvas and into that period,...

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: art history, feminism, humor, video history

1980 | 22:50
Artifacts
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An important record of Woody’s process of experimentation and play: a collection of images initiated by basic algorithmical procedures to verify the functional operation of a newly-created tool—the “Digital Image Articulator”—designed and...

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: image processing, video history

Association Area
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As a document of an early performance, this video details the process of orientating the body and self in space, providing a physical metaphor for the process of adjusting oneself in society. "Blindfolded, ears plugged: our goal is to sense each...

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: body, conceptual art, performance, video history

Black and White Tapes
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Black and White Tapes derive from a series of performances Paul McCarthy undertook in his Los Angeles studio from 1970 to 1975. Conceived for the camera and performed alone or with only a few people present, these short performances use video to...

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: performance, video history

1974 | 10:27
Boomerang
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This is a tape which analyzes its own discourse and processes as it is being formulated. The language of Boomerang, and the relation between the description and what is being described, is not arbitrary. Language and image are being formed and...

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: language, sound, video history

Bouncing in the Corner, No. 1
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Nauman is seen standing and leaning back in a corner of his studio. Just as he bounces back to a standing position, his body falls again, momentarily collapsing, only to spring forward once more. This action places his body in an intermittent space...

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: body, performance, video history