Closed Circuit Videoinstallationen: Ein Leitfaden zur Geschichte und Theorie der Medienkunst mit Bausteinen eines Künstlerlexikons

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  • Slavko Kacunko
This is the first comparative study with a global-historiogeographical perspective, of the one of the most important aspects of the history of the media art. Unlike the few attempts to date to present a survey of the diversity and notably the quantity of international media art, the present project is the first to consider the global context in which the sphere of interactive media art is developing.
From the historical perspective, links between Europe and the USA, Australia and Asia, Eastern Europe, and South America are highlighted, with no sacrifice at all of ‘depth of focus’ on regional, national and individual achievements.
The first part will look in detail at the salient individual artistic approaches in the multifarious context of space and time, in the context of a volume conceived as a textbook; the second volume will consist of a clear and complete description and record of more than 1100 works and 650 artists. This and the notes on further reading and viewing will enable deeper explorations of the material in a way not unlike the open “hyper-text”- structure.

Video technique makes it possible to simultaneously record and reproduce images, sound and sequences of motion; that potential can be seen with only insignificant qualification as a specific characteristic of the medium. The closed-circuit video installations based on it represent the attest field of experiment for the assumptions on art and the theory and history of the medium that it might lead one make.
In recent years, theoretical debate on the medium has diagnosed with some precision where the electronic video image stands between analogue and digital codes, or again, between media representation and presentation; but that position has hardly ever been subjected to examination against the pertinent examples. An art-historical descriptive approach, i.e., comprehensible and well-founded individual examinations and thus the working out of the subjects’ context, is apt to bridge that gap to the satisfaction of both research disciplines, that of art history and that of media sciences.
Extant media theory inferences regarding the medium of video as well as the latest digital art forms, can then be examined with the aid of such results and elucidated in historical terms.
The prospect at least, of a gradual introduction of the electronic arts into the art history syllabus will be brought a deal closer thanks to such individual and at the same time general investigations.
The research project, ‘Closed-Circuit-Video Installations. A Study on the History and Theory of Media Art’, is being supported by the Fritz-Thyssen Foundation, Cologne.
Translated title of the contributionClosed Circuit Video Installations: A Contribution to the History and Theory of Media Art
Original languageGerman
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherLogos Verlag Berlin
Number of pages1,182
ISBN (Print)3-8325-0600-4
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Bibliographical note

The book is accompanyed by the DVD-ROM with ca. 13.000 Images of ca. 1.100 Closed Circuit Videoinstallations from ca. 600 Artists from all around the world (ca. 1964-2004)

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Humanities - closed circuit video, video installation art, videokunst, installationskunst, medienkunst, media theory, media art studies, global art world

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