February 28, 2007

Space Between Screens

Administrator's note: Emma Riley posts this week on recent views and critiques of "screen practice."

In Liz Kotz's "Video Projection: The Space Between Screens" she showcases the evolution of video projection from its roots in a television monitor to Douglas Gordon's alteration of Hollywood blockbusters to Matthew Barney's elaborate video productions. Kotz speaks of video art as high-tech paintings that straddle the high culture of the commodification of art with the pop culture aesthetics of Hollywood. This argument makes the wide spread acceptance of video art easy to understand. Kotz quotes film historian David James: "Projection itself becomes the site of creativity, where somatic passivity of theatrical consumption is replaced by ecstatic engagement." The narrative in video will create conclusions for you, unlike that of painting. Have we as viewers conformed to that which is easy?

Video projection enables a collapse of the interior and exterior worlds, the interior physical life versus the external reality. The viewers can find themselves lost within the projected image that is /is not there. Video artists use the idea of the fantasy of things which are not there; playing with the use of light, space, proportion, sound, architecture, juxtaposition, and color. They create a new realm. A new dimension in which we can escape. Do these techniques enable us to engage more with the work and pave the way for a higher understanding of the concept? Or have we only developed an understanding of the medium because it is something so closely linked to all of us?

Readings for 7 March: Ch. 9, The War on Culture and Ch. 10, Feminist Fundamentalism: Women Against Images, both by Carole S. Vance.


5 comments:

Dzenan said...

"Video artists use the idea of the fantasy of things which are not there; playing with the use of light, space, proportion, sound, architecture, juxtaposition, and color. They create a new realm. A new dimension in which we can escape"
- so it sound very similar to all artist before?
All artist create their own dimensions - for some people it is like Alice in Wonderland, for others the imitation of life, but we could also say imitation = explication and than the artist becomes a guide who helps the people to feel the life, to understand and to go away from their small islands (point of view)!

I searched long to find some good blogs about art! Your topics are very good and I am happy I found your blog. Thank you for your seriousity and sorry for my english :)

Antea Roberts said...

To answer the posed questions; I believe that we can feel more ensconced in the world of video art, but it would be dependent upon the scale and displaying methods. I feel the highest form of becoming engaged in a work of art would be to actually become part of the art, either through performance art or the like, or to be able to hold, sift through, and relate to the work on a textual level.
We are in constant contact with the medium of film every day, but for a lot of us (especially outside of this medium) it is difficult to fully understand and appreciate what goes into the process of making video art.

Liana said...

i found that our reading seemed to talk about the idea that media art is supported by and leans more heavily on its current culture than other art forms. I feel that this statement is true in most cases only because video is such a contemporary art form that it needs to rely on current ideas for support as it hasn't built the respect that other art forms have. because of this it needs to be focused on current issues to engage the public.

patrickjdonovan said...

The comparison of video projection to painting in the essay is interesting. Apparently, as Emma points out, the view is that video has advantages over painting in that video can reach a conclusion. On the other hand, narrative paintings are frequently viewed as less worthy than conceptual works, but narrative videos are quite acceptable. Why would this be the case?

jessica v said...

Antea: I agree that most of us have a very limited knowledge of the ins and outs in regards to video art. In general, my lack of knowledge becomes a barrier and I have a hard time getting into the work at all.