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Thursday, October 16, 2014
Reviewing a Few Perspectives of Video
This brief synopsis from my readings is taken from the concepts of video art, visual anthropology, and experimental ethnography. Each of the individual readings presented the use of video that expanded the concepts of the traditional theories and specific methods from each discipline. In addition, the three disciplines share the historical movement from the 1960’s – 1980’s of the technical side of video, which was the evolution of the video camcorders to an affordable and portable format. Cinematic theories tend to be the foundation of the integration of video, but there was a time period for video to come into acceptance of use for each discipline, such as video in ethnography to represent knowledge and video blurring the traditional fine art boundaries creating the mediums own language and references.
The medium of video is a multifaceted tool that integrates multiple narratives or identities, along with conceptualization. I will consider these foundations with my continual pursuit of interdisciplinary practice. I will also end this blog with a quote from the video art reading that cited American critic, Rosalind Krauss’ argument concerning the importance of video to contemporary art. “Krauss points to the multifaceted bases of video practices as central to understanding the current condition of artistic discourse: namely, we live in a time when ideas – and not specific media – are central to artists.” (Rush 2007: 11)
Pink, S (2001) Doing Visual Ethnography. London, Sage Publications
Rush, M (2007) Video Art. London, Thames & Hudson
Russell, C (1999) Experimental Ethnography The Work of Film in the Age of Video. Durham, Duke University Press