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October 7, 2008 11:19 AM   Subscribe

Video Art 1984
posted by vronsky (13 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Needs more effects.
posted by Sys Rq at 11:34 AM on October 7, 2008

It's almost making me reach inside my stomach for a gun.
posted by codswallop at 11:50 AM on October 7, 2008 [2 favorites]

In the 1980s people had longer attention spans and more patience for cheese, I guess. I managed about 90 seconds.
posted by Meatbomb at 12:07 PM on October 7, 2008

I never thought to search YouTube for the video for "Excellent Birds," but it hasn't been on any of the Laurie Anderson video compilations, so I was actually glad to see it for the first time. And I have a strange affection for blocky '80s video art, so this rocks. Thanks.
posted by mykescipark at 12:16 PM on October 7, 2008

You know this is 24 years old, right?
posted by swift at 12:17 PM on October 7, 2008

Meatbomb wins. I bailed at 67 seconds.
posted by JeffK at 12:29 PM on October 7, 2008

Video Art 1974
posted by rlk at 1:28 PM on October 7, 2008 [1 favorite]

Beautiful rik, thanks.

the making of off/on -- much more here
posted by vronsky at 1:48 PM on October 7, 2008

Umm, the whole program is not like the first 90 seconds, folks..
posted by unmake at 2:01 PM on October 7, 2008

Ok, I feel I have to chime in here, being a "BFA in video" degree holder. There's a couple problems with video art:

1) It demands a time commitment from the viewer. Anything longer than a few minutes is too long; it becomes ambient wallpaper and people ignore it, especially something non-narrative.

2) Where do you show it? In the mid-eighties there was only VHS. Do you make copies and sell/give them away? Do you make people sit and watch it at a theater/gallery? Either way, the stuff has got to be absolutely fantastic for people to make the commitment.

The stuff that really sticks with you is narratives. Bill Viola is one artist who can straddle the line between abstract and narrative. Here's an example of his recent work.
posted by pepcorn at 4:44 PM on October 7, 2008

Umm, the whole program is...

Sorry, I could only make it through 5 words of that comment.

ADD is truly a curse.
posted by JeffK at 5:12 PM on October 7, 2008

Video Art 1927 for the win!
posted by eccnineten at 8:31 PM on October 7, 2008 [1 favorite]

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