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Video : The Reflexive Medium - Yvonne Spielmann

Video

The Reflexive Medium

By: Yvonne Spielmann, Roger F. Malina (Editor), Sean Cubitt (Editor)

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Published: 30th September 2010
For Ages: 18+ years old
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Winner, 2009 The Lewis Mumford Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Technics, given by the Media Ecology Association (MEA). and Winning entry, Professional Cover/Jacket Category, in the 2008 New England Book Show sponsored by Bookbuilders of Boston. Video is an electronic medium, dependent on the transfer of electronic signals. Video signals are in constant movement, circulating between camera and monitor. This process of simultaneous production and reproduction makes video the most reflexive of media, distinct from both photography and film (in which the image or a sequence of images is central). Because it is processual and not bound to recording and the appearance of a "frame," video shares properties with the computer. In this book, Yvonne Spielmann argues that video is not merely an intermediate stage between analog and digital but a medium in its own right. Video has metamorphosed from technology to medium, with a set of aesthetic languages that are specific to it, and current critical debates on new media still need to recognize this. Spielmann considers video as "transformation imagery," acknowledging the centrality in video of the transitions between images--and the fact that these transitions are explicitly reflected in new processes. After situating video in a genealogical model that demonstrates both its continuities and discontinuities with other media, Spielmann considers three strands of video praxis: documentary, experimental art, and experimental image-making (which is concerned primarily with signal processing). She then discusses selected works by such artists as Vito Acconci, Ulrike Rosenbach, Joan Jonas, Nam June Paik, Peter Campus, Dara Birnbaum, Nan Hoover, Lynn Hershman, Gary Hill, Steina and Woody Vasulka, Bill Seaman, and others. These works serve to demonstrate the spectrum of possibilities in video as a medium and point to connections with other forms of media. Finally, Spielmann discusses the potential of interactivity, complexity, and hybridization in the future of video as a medium.

"Available for the first time in translation, Yvonne Spielmann's Video: The Reflexive Medium provides us with a keen parsing of the specificities of video as a medium. Tracing its emergent genealogy as a distinctly audiovisual medium, Spielmann provides a comprehensive catalog of video's aesthetic evolution from its early intermedial accords with television and performance to its more recent interactions with computers and networked digital media. As the media-specific distinctions between cinematic, televisual, and computer-based media have been eroded beyond recognition, Video: The Reflexive Medium provides a much-needed account of video's medial specificities and intermedial dependencies."--Anne Friedberg, Professor and Chair of Critical Studies, School of Cinematic Arts, USC, and author of The Virtual Window: From Alberti to Microsoft -- Anne Friedberg "Speilmann's Video: The Reflexive Medium is a highly significant, well researched and discursive addition to the canon. It is illuminating on both the technological and aesthetical issues, as well as giving primary insights into the artist makers themselves."--Stephen Partridge, Dean of Research, and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee -- Steve Partridge "Available for the first time in translation, Yvonne Spielmann"s Video: The Reflexive Medium provides us with a keen parsing of the specificities of video as a medium. Tracing its emergent genealogy as a distinctly audiovisual medium, Spielmann provides a comprehensive catalog of video"s aesthetic evolution from its early intermedial accords with television and performance to its more recent interactions with computers and networked digital media. As the media-specific distinctions between cinematic, televisual, and computer-based media have been eroded beyond recognition, Video: The Reflexive Medium provides a much-needed account of video"s medial specificities and intermedial dependencies."Anne Friedberg , Professor and Chair of Critical Studies, School of Cinematic Arts, USC, and author of The Virtual Window: From Alberti to Microsoft "Spielmann"s Video: The Reflexive Medium is a highly significant, well-researched, and discursive addition to the canon. It is illuminating on both the technological and aesthetical issues, as well as giving primary insights into the artist makers themselves."Stephen Partridge , Dean of Research, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee

Series Forewordp. vii
Introduction: The Audiovisual Mediump. 1
Video, a Technology, a Mediump. 19
Media-theoretical Considerationsp. 24
The Visualization Debatep. 36
Preconditions of the Technology and the Apparatusp. 46
Matrix Phenomenap. 57
The Reflexive Mediump. 71
Experimental Phasep. 75
Guerilla Televisionp. 81
Artistic Videop. 89
Excursus on the Relationship of Film, Video, and Computer
Experimental Videop. 101
Video Culturesp. 112
Video Aestheticsp. 131
Apparatus, Self-Reflexion, and Performancep. 137
Picture, Reproduction, Media Imagesp. 145
Video/TVp. 153
Video, Photo, and Filmp. 159
Structural Videop. 166
Musicalization in Videop. 173
Layering and Condensingp. 177
Video Scratchingp. 181
Video Voidp. 185
Micro/Macro Dimensionsp. 189
Picture, Text, Voice, and Writingp. 191
Video and Computersp. 197
Video and Virtual Environmentp. 212
Video, Poetics, and Hypermediap. 216
Video Installationp. 220
Outlook: Complexity and Interactivityp. 225
Illustrationsp. 227
Notesp. 299
Bibliographyp. 339
List of Illustrationsp. 351
Indexp. 355
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ISBN: 9780262515177
ISBN-10: 0262515172
Series: Leonardo Book Series
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 30th September 2010
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 17.8  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.61