I wanted to show my fine art elective class a bunch of "greatest hits" so to speak of early video art. So far away now, so conceptual, so fuzzy, so hippie...but often perversely a great deal of fun (of course my idea of fun is many people's vision of torture by art, but oh well). I thought I'd highlight a few links here in one place, but most of them came from the vast archival palace that is ubu.com. Above is a still from the great Media Burn by the collective Ant Farm, and I also love their Eternal Frame. Here's also Technology Transformation: Wonder Woman by Dara Birnbaum, and Semiotics of the Kitchen by Martha Rosler, and Vertical Roll by Joan Jonas. Richard Serra's Boomerang is essential. There's Gary Hill's experiments such as Soundings, and Bruce Nauman filming and taping in his studio. The Space Between the Teeth and Sweet Light and The Reflecting Pool by Bill Viola. Some very early Nam June Paik works and a short Paik interview clip. And the humour of Robert Filliou and William Wegman and John Baldessari I return to again and again.
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