Early Video Art

Early Video Art is a collection of 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.
Five True Stories
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Segalove relates a tale from her childhood of a man's exposure with text (“the painter wagged it at me right here”), while an arrow blinks over a shot of the house where she grew up. Segalove narrates: “I looked down and expected to see a can of...

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: autobiography, humor

Five-minute Romp through the IP
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In 1973, Dan Sandin designed and built a comprehensive video instrument for artists, the Image Processor (IP), a modular, patch programmable, analog computer optimized for the manipulation of gray level information of multiple video inputs....

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: chicago art, film or videomaking, image processing, video history

Flesh to White to Black to Flesh
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Presenting his bare torso to the camera, Nauman meticulously applies, and removes, layers of white and black pigment, to his face, arms, and chest. Beyond the link to body art, and the idea of treating the human body as artistic subject matter...

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: body, performance, video history

For Example: Decorated
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For Example: Decorated is a talk show featuring art world personalities Britte Le Va, Peter Gordon, and James Sarkis. The show begins with Le Va reciting the credits; then she introduces herself, Soviet style — as in Do You Believe...

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: performance, video history

TVTV
1975 | 28:00
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In the wake of Lord of the Universe, TVTV planned to cover the impeachment of Richard Nixon, but, unfortunately, Nixon resigned. The group made a ninety-degree turn to covering the “first hundred days” of the Gerald Ford administration,...

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: documentary, history, media analysis, politics, video history

TVTV
1975 | 29:02
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Arguably, the most successful of the four “Gerald Ford’s America” shows was “Chic To Sheik,” a TVTV tour of the private culture of the official Washington. Lead by Megan Williams, they blithely move around an official White House tea for Betty...

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: documentary, history, politics, video history

Go For It, Mike
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Smith’s gentle, recusant comedy is a critique of masculine domination, focusing on the myth of manifest destiny. Believing the moral of the Old West that “Everything is there for the taking”, mild-mannered Mike is inspired to “Go for it!" and...

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: humor, television

Going Around in Circles
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Going Around In Circles continues Holt's interest in perception and point of view. A board with five circular holes is placed in front of the camera. The holes are covered and uncovered to reveal five people enacting a set of...

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: body, environment, landscape, performance

William Wegman
1976 | 05:05
Gray Hairs
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Gray Hairs is a visual and aural poem to Man Ray, featuring close-up shots of the dog’s body and a soundtrack of panting, sniffing and licking.

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: poetry