Home Tape Revised

1972 | 00:28:00 | United States | English | B&W | Mono | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: Family, Performance, Video History

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In Home Tape Revised, Benglis took a portable tape recorder with her when she visited her family in Louisiana. She saw most of the experience through the video camera, thus giving her a distance from an emotionally involving situation. The tapes were replayed and re-shot off a monitor and commented about by Benglis... It is a deeply personal tape about an emotionally involving situation, but it is precisely controlled. It makes use of the intimacy of video, of the one to one relationship between the viewer and the monitor which distinguishes video so much from film, resulting in the feeling of a shared experience, though the experience is not in the least dramatized... Besides using the intimacy of television and the instant replay capability of video in Home Tape, Benglis uses the fluidity of time with instant replay and the capability of carrying on a dialogue with oneself due to a combination of the characteristics of instant replay and intimacy."

— Bruce Kurtz, "Video is Being Invented", Arts Magazine (December 1973)  

This title was in the original Castelli-Sonnabend video art collection.