Thursday, October 16, 2014

Reviewing a Few Perspectives of Video

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This blog post is focusing on the medium of video. I have been reviewing some of the historical and theoretical aspects of video in regards to specific methods and disciplines that I am currently using to form my collection project themes and corresponding research.  My choice of the timing of this review is to enable my investigations with the use of video (within a project and research methods) to have continual development with other digital media, such as the Internet.
            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

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