Video Writings by Artists (1970-1990)


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Art theory has always had a major component in writing, or the illustration of the artists’ own ideas around their trajectory and working methods. To be more specific, writing has been a way for artists to ponder on their own activity, to identify certain trends they felt close to, to articulate a reflection on a given medium and challenge preconceived ideas. Just as Film theory incorporated writings, manifestoes and reflections by filmmakers – in addition to those by the critics who undertook the study of the “new [cinematic] object” -, this publication testifies to the intention of gathering together a number of artists writings in order to review the early days of video art (up until 1990, to set a time span that is not entirely arbitrary). A reference book that would collect a series of texts that are currently scattered in different publications, and add a critical layer to LOOP Barcelona’s 15th edition (Winding the Clock Back – A contemporary archaeology of video).

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Eugeni Bonet (ed.), Stephen Beck, AA Bronson, Peter Campus, Peter d'Agostino, Douglas Davis, Jon Dovey, Juan Downey, Jean-Paul Fargier, Hermine Freed, Frank Gillette, David Hall, Takahiko Iimura, Les Levine, Mary Lucier, Muntadas, Nam June Paik, Ulrike Rosenbach, Martha Rosler, Paul ryan, Francesc Torres, Woody Vasulka, Scott Nygren, Bill Viola, Peter Weibel




Publishing date: 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017