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ART 298C Topics: Art History: Video Art

Course Description: When it began in the 1960s portable video represented a new opportunity and a new medium for the visual arts; it is now widely used by visual artists but its history is barely known, rarely studied, or taught. This course surveys video-based art focusing mostly on the work from the United States, the United Kingdom, and France from the 1960s to the present day. It includes the production of videotapes, art using television, video installations, and the projected image and discuss the evolution of the relationship between the viewer and the screen in recent video-based art. In addition to exploring how video developed in the exhibition space, the nature of video as time-based medium for the visual arts will also be discussed. Major themes covered during the semester address the preponderant role of women in early video production as well as the relationship between video and television, which democratization occurred broadly at the same time.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall, odd years.

Credits

3 credits