Video: Das reflexive Medium

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Suhrkamp Press, Franfurt, Germany (2005)




The book discusses the importance of video in view of technological, aesthetic and media cultural aspects. The main argument is that video represents a medium of its own and not an intermediary stage between analog and digital.On the contrary, early video experiments demonstrate a close connection between video and computer, and at the same time video is interacting with experimental film, happening and installation arts, television and performance.Since its early phase video has developed as an emerging art form with a set of aesthetic languages that are specific to the medium. The consideration of video in new media arts finally demonstrates its relevance in the current media debates on digital mediaIn exemplary ways the book discusses different concepts of video in the works of Vito Acconci, Joan Jonas, Valie Export, Ulrike Rosenbach, Nam June Paik, Dara Birnbaum, Peter Campus, Klaus vom Bruch, Robert Cahen, Peter Callas, Raphael Montanez Ortiz, David Larcher, Nan Hoover, Gary Hill, Steina and Woody Vasulka, Lynn Hershman, Bill Seaman, and others.

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