Video: The Reflexive Medium

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Overview

Video is an electronic medium, dependent on the transfer of electronic signals. Video signals are in constant movement, circulating between camera and monitor. This process of simultaneous production and reproduction makes video the most reflexive of media, distinct from both photography and film (in which the image or a sequence of images is central). Because it is processual and not bound to recording and the appearance of a "frame," video shares properties with the computer. In this book, Yvonne Spielmann argues that video is not merely an intermediate stage between analog and digital but a medium in its own right. Video has metamorphosed from technology to medium, with a set of aesthetic languages that are specific to it, and current critical debates on new media still need to recognize this. Spielmann considers video as
"transformation imagery," acknowledging the centrality in video of the transitions between images--and the fact that these transitions are explicitly reflected in new processes. After situating video in a genealogical model that demonstrates both its continuities and discontinuities with other media, Spielmann considers three strands of video praxis--documentary, experimental art,
and experimental image-making (which is concerned primarily with signal processing). She then discusses selected works by such artists as Vito Acconci, Ulrike Rosenbach, Joan Jonas, Nam June
Paik, Peter Campus, Dara Birnbaum, Nan Hoover, Lynn Hershman, Gary Hill, Steina and Woody Vasulka,
Bill Seaman, and others. These works serve to demonstrate the spectrum of possibilities in video as medium and point to connections with other forms of media. Finally, Spielmann discusses the potential of interactivity, complexity, and hybridization in the future of video as a medium.Yvonne
Spielmann is Professor of Visual Media at Braunschweig University of Art. She lives in
Berlin.

The MIT Press

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What People Are Saying

Anne Friedberg

"Available for the first time in translation, Yvonne Spielmann's Video: The Reflexive Medium provides us with a keen parsing of the specificities of video as a medium. Tracing its emergent genealogy as a distinctly audiovisual medium, Spielmann provides a comprehensive catalog of video's aesthetic evolution from its early intermedial accords with television and performance to its more recent interactions with computers and networked digital media. As the media-specific distinctions between cinematic, televisual, and computer-based media have been eroded beyond recognition, Video: The Reflexive Medium provides a much-needed account of video's medial specificities and intermedial dependencies."--Anne Friedberg, Professor and Chair of Critical Studies, School of Cinematic Arts, USC, and author of The Virtual Window: From Alberti to Microsoft

Steve Partridge

"Speilmann's Video: The Reflexive Medium is a highly significant, well researched and discursive addition to the canon. It is illuminating on both the technological and aesthetical issues, as well as giving primary insights into the artist makers themselves."--Stephen Partridge, Dean of Research, and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee

From the Publisher

"Available for the first time in translation, Yvonne Spielmann"s Video: The
Reflexive Medium
provides us with a keen parsing of the specificities of video as a medium. Tracing its emergent genealogy as a distinctly audiovisual medium, Spielmann provides a comprehensive catalog of video"s aesthetic evolution from its early intermedial accords with television and performance to its more recent interactions with computers and networked digital media. As the media-specific distinctions between cinematic, televisual, and computer-based media have been eroded beyond recognition, Video: The Reflexive Medium provides a much-needed account of video"s medial specificities and intermedial dependencies."Anne
Friedberg
, Professor and Chair of Critical Studies, School of Cinematic Arts, USC, and author of The Virtual Window: From Alberti to Microsoft

The MIT Press

"Spielmann"s Video: The Reflexive Medium is a highly significant,
well-researched, and discursive addition to the canon. It is illuminating on both the technological and aesthetical issues, as well as giving primary insights into the artist makers themselves."Stephen Partridge , Dean of Research, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee

The MIT Press

Anne Friedberg

"Available for the first time in translation, Yvonne Spielmann's Video: The
Reflexive Medium provides us with a keen parsing of the specificities of video as a medium. Tracing its emergent genealogy as a distinctly audiovisual medium, Spielmann provides a comprehensive catalog of video's aesthetic evolution from its early intermedial accords with television and performance to its more recent interactions with computers and networked digital media. As the media-specific distinctions between cinematic, televisual, and computer-based media have been eroded beyond recognition, Video: The Reflexive Medium provides a much-needed account of video's medial specificities and intermedial dependencies."--Anne Friedberg, Professor and Chair of Critical
Studies, School of Cinematic Arts, USC, and author of The Virtual Window: From Alberti to
Microsoft

Steve Partridge

"Speilmann's Video: The Reflexive Medium is a highly significant, well researched and discursive addition to the canon. It is illuminating on both the technological and aesthetical issues, as well as giving primary insights into the artist makers themselves."--Stephen Partridge,
Dean of Research, and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of
Dundee

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262515177
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 8/13/2010
  • Series: Leonardo Book Series
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,181,978
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Yvonne Spielmann is Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at Lasalle College of the Arts in
Singapore. She is the author of Video: The Reflexive Medium (MIT Press, 2007),
which won the Lewis Mumford award in 2009.
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