The beginning of my Photography domain.

Video Art

What is it?

With its reliance on both moving images and the comprising video/audio data, this is how video art is created, not to be dazed with either experimental film and/or even the production of television, even though it contains distinct parallels and relations.

This form of art is named after the original analogy of video tape, mostly used back in the earlier times of films development. Even with the present age of developed digital technology, the superseded tape with its signal still remains the main framework of this work of the moving image. Video art takes a variety of forms to which include;

– recordings that can be broadcast

– they can be viewed in galleries and also in other venues

– can be distributed as either; video tapes, or DVD, sculptural installations, to which can be incorporated with one or even numerous television set/monitors

– it can be performed, video representations

The concept of video art doesn’t rely on that of the conventions that are used to define theatrical cinema, it has many differences that can define it. It doesn’t occupy the many conventions that theatrical cinema does, video art necessarily contain the use of; actors, dialogue or narrative or plot. All of which theatrical cinema contains at least one or another.

It’s intentions somewhat differ, as it’s said that video art can explore the boundaries of the medium itself,

‘There should be something revelatory about art. It should be totally new and creative, and it should open doors for new thoughts and new experiences.’ – Tracey Emin

In reference to the avant-garde approach and prior research I have for taken, the concept of video art reaches out to me as an artist. As it’s a way in which I can see my ideas being well expressed and visually seen in an imaginative way, as there’s little to no boundaries with it. Being that video art doesn’t occupy the usual conventions that theatrical cinema does, it works in favour to the work I want to produce for my FMP. As it’s based around  concept and a visual representation of that, that doesn’t necessarily carry any plot/narrative. But it still coincides with relevant research and every day experiences that the public can relate to, and from experiencing it make up their own meanings and thoughts.

Back History of Video Art

Its first existence was known between the late 1960s to the early 1970s. The first artist to use a television set in his work was Wolf Vostell in the year of 1958.


One of Wolf Vostell’s pieces was exhibited at the Smolin Gallery called 6 TV De’coll/age in New York. In relation to a video artist mentioned in a previous blogpost on Bill Viola, who worked with Nam June Paik. It has been said that the concept of video art first began when this artist showcased footage of Pope Paul VI procession through New York City in 1965, although the camera used wasn’t even created till 2 years later? Video Art was born the day he decided to play this footage across a town in Greenwich Village. Many other artists used this technique of video art around this time, those credited include the likes of Andy Warhol. Reason for artists using this method of art is said to be because they find it more engaging than film.

Around this age in particular there were many video artists involved, to which I will continue to research in the making of my very own video art/installation piece for my FMP. All of which said artists used and incorporated concurrent movements in aspects including; conceptual art, performance and experimental film.

Today and in present time video art, it is continually being produced in new and extravagant ways. It’s represented in two ways which are; signal-channel. This way of video art work close to the likes of television to where a particular image/video is screened as a singular image. The other is installation; to which involves some sort of an environment created by several pieces including video and even accompanied by sculptures.

Installation is the path in which I have decided to go on towards my FMP, as it is in my plans to incorporate what entails with the likes of the way installation is defined. Within the exhibition I am planning I wish to incorporate both installation and performance to deliver the concept I wish to cover which is death, and the thoughts to what happens to your body when it reaches you. I hope to also incorporate kinetic sculptures, to which I have previously and still ongoing research on, also with the accompaniment of music. All in tow used to create the world in which the public can witness, experience and gain their own opinion of.

Bill Viola emerged in the 1970s and continues to be one of the most celebrated video artists. He is my main inspiration to this piece, as his work and concepts he for see hold similarity to that of my own. I am currently researching and developing more findings on him and other relevant video artists throughout my blog.

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This entry was posted on February 4, 2014 by in Final Media Productions.
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