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A resource on video art.

Artists, collectives, events[edit]

Only those with pages on Monoskop wiki are listed.

Artists (cont.)[edit]

Peggy Ahwesh, Francis Alÿs, Atlas Group, Yael Bartana, Guy Ben Ner, Sadie Benning, Dara Birnbaum, Colin Campbell, Peter Campus, Aleesa Cohene, Phil Collins, Omer Fast, Fischli & Weiss, Douglas Gordon, Dan Graham, Halflifers, Mike Kelley, Michael Klier, Sharon Lockhart, Deirdre Logue, Paul McCarthy, Karen Mirza & Brad Butler, Muntadas, Annabel Nicholson, Dennis Oppenheim, Charlemagne Palestine, Lis Rhodes, Christoph Schlingensief, John Smith, Lisa Steele, Surveillance Camera Players, Sam Taylor-Wood, Ryan Trecartin, Hannah Wilke, Artur Żmijewski, Isabel Pérez del Pulgar, Nestor Rodríguez, Lisi Prada, Luis Carlos Rodríguez, Mikel Otxoteko


Online platforms for video art
  • UbuWeb: Film & Video, an online archive of the avant-garde. Edited by Kenneth Goldsmith.
  •, an online catalogue bringing together the media art collections of Frans Hals Museum, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Van Abbemuseum, the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE) and LIMA. Launched 2018, operated by LIMA. Contact: Gaby Wijers.
  • Videokunstarkivet (The Video Art Archive, Norway) is a reference archive for video works produced in Norway or with a connection to Norway from the 1960s and up to today. The online platform records 2500+ registered works of more than 500 artists and artist groups, of which 800 is available for online viewing (after free registration). Contact: Per Platou.
  • D'Est: A Multi-Curatorial Online Platform for Video Art from the former “East” and “West”, Apr 2018-Dec 2020. Curated by Xandra Popescu, Kathrin Becker, Jana Seehusen, Creative Association of Curators TOK (Anna Bitkina & Maria Veits), Inga Lāce, Miona Bogović, Suza Husse, Suzana Milevska, Eva Birkenstock, Ulrike Gerhardt, Naomi Hennig, Nataša Ilić, Jelena Vesić, Katja Kobolt, and Bettina Knaup.

Archives and distributors[edit]

Links point to online catalogues.


See also

Artists' writings, catalogues[edit]

Radical Software magazine, 1970-74, Log, PDFs.


  • Radical Software, 11 issues, eds. Beryl Korot, Phyllis Gershuny, and Ira Schneider, New York: Raindance, 1970-74, Log, PDFs. (English)
  • Avalanche 9: "Video Performance", ed. Liza Bear, New York: Kineticism Press, May-Jun 1974, 29 pp. [2] (English)
  • The Independent: Film & Video Monthly, New York: Foundation for Independent Video and Film, 1978-2006. [3] (English)
  • Mediamatic, quarterly, 39 numbers, eds. Willem Velthoven and Jans Possel, Groningen (1985-Jan 1987) & Amsterdam (Apr 1987-1999): Mediamatic, Dec 1985-1999. (English)
TV as a Creative Medium, New York, 1969, PDF.
Video Art, Philadelphia, 1975, PDF.
The Video Show, London, 1975, PDF.
Video Spaces: Eight Installations, New York, 1995, PDF.

Exhibition catalogues[edit]

For historical surveys and retrospectives see section below.

  • Video Circuits, McLaughlin Library, University of Guelph, 1973, 21 pp.
  • Videoperformance, ed. Willoughby Sharp, New York, 1974. Works by Vito Acconci, Joseph Beuys, Chris Burden, Dennis Oppenheim, Ulrike Rosenbach, Richard Serra, Willoughby Sharp, Keith Sonnier, William Wegman. Special issue of Avalanche magazine, number 9. Exh. held at 112 Greene Street, Gallery, NY. (English)
  • Video Art, ed. David Antin, Philadelphia: Institute of Contemporary Art, 1975. Antin's essay. Exh. held in Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Chicago, and Hartford/CT. [4]
  • Video Art: An Overview, San Francisco: SFMOMA, 1976. Exh. curated by David Ross; held 23 Mar-4 May 1976. Exh. of 33 videotapes by 29 artists. Installations by Peter Campus, Paul and Marlene Kos, Nam June Paik.
  • documenta 6, Kassel, 1977. Video art section curated by Wulf Herzogenrath.
  • Video & Film Manifestatie: kijken en doen, eds. Alexander van Grevenstein and Ton Quik, Maastricht: Bonnefantenmuseum, 1977, [77] pp. Catalogue in 6 parts; exh. held 11 Feb-20 Mar 1977. (Dutch),(English),(French)
  • Video im Abendland. Videoworkshop, Stuttgart: Künstlerhaus, 1979, 28 pp. Workshop held 23 Sep-7 Oct 1979. [6] (German)
  • Cine graphia, la linea in movimento: la fotografia di movimento, il cinema sperimentale, l'arte video: 1° Festival videoart, Locarno / The Line in Movement / La Ligne en mouvement, Locarno: Flaviana, 1980, 117 pp. Festival held 1-10 Aug 1980. (Italian),(English),(French)
  • Installation: Video, an Exhibition of Diagrams, Documentation and Video Installations, intro. G. Roger Denson and Kathy High, Buffalo, NY: Hallwalls, 1981. Exh. held 9-30 May 1980. [7] (English)
  • Plan K: Festival international de musique électronique, video et computer art / International Festival voor Elektronische Muziek, Video en Computer Art, Brussels, 1981, 142 pp. [8] (French)/(Dutch)
  • Video Maart. Video Studio Jan van Eyck, ed. Elsa Stansfield, Maastricht: Jan van Eyck Academie, 1981, 93 pp. David Hall's essay. (Dutch),(English),(French),(German)
  • World Wide Video Festival catalogues, The Hague/Amsterdam, 1982ff.
  • Het Lumineuze beeld / Luminous Image, ed. Gary Schwartz, Amsterdam: Stedelijk Museum, 1984, viii+194 pp. Exh. curated by Dorine Mignot; symposium organised by Elsa Stansfield. Exh. of 22 video-installations (17 of them commissioned for the show) by European and American artists; held 14 Sep-28 Oct 1984. Poster. [9]. Video documentation (60 min). Reviews: Zippay (Art J 1985), Duguet & Andrews (Camera Obscura, 1985).
  • New Video Japan, New York: American Federation of Arts, 1985, 37 pp. Exh. held at MoMA, 16 Jan-2 Mar 1985; curated by Barbara London. (English)
  • Vidéo, ed. René Payant, Montreal: Artexte, 1986, 263 pp. Published in conjunction with video installations held in various museums and galleries in Montréal in the fall of 1986. Incl. essay with historical survey of video in 9 countries, and texts of 18 lectures given during the Video 84 symposium. (French)/(English)
  • Video and Language. Video as Language, 1986, [6] pp. Curated by Scott Rankin at VideoLace, 4 Dec 1986-18 Jan 1987.
  • documenta 8, 3 vols., Kassel: Weber & Weidemeyer, 1987. Exh. held 12 Jun-20 Sep 1987. (German)/(English) Issue of Mediamatic dedicated to the exhibition.
  • Het magnetische beeld, eds. Anke van der Laan and Elsa Stansfield, Maastricht: Jan van Eyck Academie, and Heerlen: Heerlen, 1988. Exh. held at Stadsgalerij Heerlen, 9 Oct-20 Nov 1988, 48 pp. [10] (Dutch)/(English)
  • Imago: fin de siècle in Dutch contemporary art, eds. Rene Coelho, et al., 's-Gravenhage: Netherlands Office for Fine Arts, and Amsterdam: Mediamatic, 1990, 100+xxiv, HTML. Published as a special issue of Mediamatic, 5(1/2). (English),(Dutch)
  • Sub Voce: Contemporary Hungarian Video Installation, ed. Suzanne Mészöly, Budapest: Soros Foundation Fine Art Documentation Center - Mucsarnok, 1991, 75 pp. Exhibition. [11] (English)/(Hungarian)
  • Video Positive, Liverpool, 1991. Review: Partridge (Variant 1991).
  • Video Spaces: Eight Installations, ed. Barbara London, New York: MoMA, 1995. Exh. held at MoMA, 22 Jul-12 Sep 1995. Online companion. (English)
  • Projected Allegories, Houston: Contemporary Arts Museum, 1998, 20 pp. (English)
  • Balkan Video Federation, ed. Branislav Dimitrijević, Belgrade: Center for Contemporary Art - Belgrade, 2000, [55] pp. (English)
  • Point of View: A Contemporary Anthology of the Moving Image, New York: New Museum, 2003. 11 DVDs. [12] [13] (English)

Notable exhibitions without catalogues[edit]



  • Video Art: An Anthology, eds. Ira Schneider and Beryl Korot, New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1976. Seventy video artists were each given two pages to present information about their work in any form they chose. Also contains documents such as Shigeko Kubota’s “Anthology Film Archives Video Program,” and essays by David Antin, Stephen Beck, Eric Cameron, Douglas Davis, Anne Focke, Peter Frank, Hermine Freed, Davidson Gigliotti, Frank Gillette, John Hanhardt, Wulf Herzogenrath, Bruce Kurtz, David Ross, Bill Viola, Ingrid Weigand, and Willoughby Sharp.
  • Video by Artists, ed. Peggy Gale, Toronto: Art Metropole, 1976, 223 pp. [15]
  • Video by Artists 2, ed. Elke Town, Toronto: Art Metropole, 1986, 151 pp. [16]
  • Tellus 17: "Video Arts Music", eds. Claudia Gould, Joseph Nechvatal, and Carol Parkinson, New York, 1987. Special issue of audio cassette magazine.
  • Video Re/View: The (best) Source for Critical Writings on Canadian Artist's Video, eds. Peggy Gale and Lisa Steele, Toronto: Art Metropole, and V-tape, 1996, 492 pp. [17]
  • Source texts on video art, in Media Art Net, eds. Rudolf Frieling and Dieter Daniels, 2004.
  • Video Writings by Artists (1970-1990), ed. Eugeni Bonet, Mousse, 2017, 309 pp. [18]

Reception, art historical studies[edit]

For publications on individual artists and collectives see their respective pages.

The Second Link: Viewpoints on Video in the Eighties, Banff, New York, Amsterdam, Toronto, Long Beach, London, 1983, PDF.
Imago, fin de siècle in Dutch Contemporary Art, 1990, PDFs.
Eigenwelt Der Apparate-Welt: Pioneers of Electronic Art, 1992, Log.
Mediascape, New York, 1996, IA.

Exhibition catalogues[edit]

  • Videokunst in Deutschland 1963-1982, ed. Wulf Herzogenrath, Stuttgart: Gerd Hatje, 1982. Includes chapters on “Videotapes,” “Videoinstallation,” “Video-Objects,” and “Videoperformances” covers some one hundred artists, and includes biographies, videographies, and many black-and-white photographs. Essays by Wulf Herzogenrath, Helmut Friedel, Nam June Paik, Ulrike Rosenbach, Friederike Pezold, and Kaus von Bruch; a rare 1969 letter from Gerry Schum to Gene Youngblood; and an interview with Joseph Beuys. Exh. held at Kölnischer Kunstverein, 1982, also shown at MoMA (1982). (German)
  • The Second Link: Viewpoints on Video in the Eighties, ed. Lorne Falk, Banff, CA: Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre School of Fine Arts, 1983, 111 pp. Exh. of 30 works by artists from CA, US, UK, BE, NL, West Germany and PL; curated by Peggy Gale (A Space Toronto), Kathy Huffman (Long Beach), Barbara London (MoMA), Brian MacNevin (Banff), Dorine Mignot (Stedelijk), and Sandy Nairne (ICA London); held at Banff Centre, 8-21 Jul 1983; MoMA, New York, 18 Aug-27 Sep 1983; Stedelijk M, Amsterdam, 9 Sep-16 Oct 1983; A Space, Toronto, 1-29 Oct 1983; Long Beach M of Art, Long Beach, 20 Nov 1983-15 Jan 1984; ICA, London, 16 Dec 1983-15 Jan 1984. Review: Zippay (Art J 1985).
  • Video: A Retrospective 1974-1984, ed. Kathy Rae Huffman, Long Beach, CA: Long Beach Museum of Art, 135 pp. Two-part exh. held 9 Sep-4 Nov 1984 and 25 Nov 1984-20 Jan 1985. [20]
  • Resolutions: A Critique of Video Art, ed. Patti Podesta, Los Angeles: LACE, 1986. Survey of video works made in the US from 1980-85. [21]
  • Social Engagement: Women's Video in the Eighties, ed. Lucinda Furlong, New York: Whitney Museum, 1987. Exh. held at Whitney, 3-20 Mar 1987. Exh. review: NYT. [22]
  • Revision: Art Programmes of European Television Stations, ed. Dorine Mignot, pref. Wim A.L. Beeren, Amsterdam: Stedelijk Museum, 1987, 100 pp. Curated by Dorine Mignot. (English)
  • The Arts for Television, eds. Kathy Rae Huffman and Dorine Mignot, Los Angeles: Museum of Contemporary Art, and Amsterdam: Stedelijk Museum, 1987, 104 pp. Historical survey of arts programmes arranged in 6 thematic sections: image, theatre, literature, dance, music, television. Works from 1966-87 by 102 artists from AT, BE, FR, DE, IT, JP, NL, UK, US, YU. Curated by Dorine Mignot (Stedelijk) and Kathy Rae Huffman (Contemporary Art Television Fund Boston), with participation of Julie Lazar (MOCA LA). Exh. held at Stedelijk Amsterdam, 4 Sep-18 Oct 1987; Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, 6 Oct-15 Nov 1987; MoMA New York, 20 Apr-30 May 1989; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 10 Jun-16 Jul 1989.
  • American Landscape Video: The Electronic Grove, ed. William D. Judson, Pittsburgh: Carnegie Museum of Art, 1988, 128 pp. Exh. curated by William D. Judson; held at Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 7 May-10 Jul 1988; and in two parts at SFMOMA, San Francisco, 10 Nov 1988-1 Jan 1989 & 17 Jan-19 Feb 1989. Brochure. [23]
  • Video-Skulptur: retrospektiv und aktuell 1963-1989, eds. Wolf Herzogenrath and Edith Decker, Cologne: DuMont, 1989, 326 pp. Exh. held at Kölnischer Kunstverein, Kunststation St. Peter, Belgisches Haus and DuMont Kunsthalle Cologne, 18 Mar-23 Apr 1989; Berlin; Kunsthaus Zürich, 13 Oct-12 Nov 1989. (German)
  • Signs of the Times: A Decade of Video, Film and Slide-Tape Installation in Britain, 1980-1990, ed. Chrissie Iles, Oxford: Museum of Modern Art Oxford, 1990, 87 pp. Exh. held 7 Oct-9 Dec 1990. Exh. review: Cubitt (Screen).
  • Passages de l'image, eds. Raymond Bellour, Catherine David and Christine van Assche, Paris: Centre Pompidou, 1990, 191 pp. Exh. curated by Bellour, David and Assche; held at Musée national d'art moderne, Galeries contemporaines, 19 Sep-18 Nov 1990; salle Garance, 12 Sep-15 Oct 1990. (French)
    • Passages de l'image, Barcelona: Centre Cultural de la Fundació Caixa de Pensions, 1991, 280 pp. Exh. held at Fundació Caixa de Pensions, Barcelona, 12 Feb-28 Mar 1991; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus/OH, 1 Jun-27 Oct 1991; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 6 Feb-12 Apr 1992. (English)/(Catalan)
  • Vidéo et après: la collection vidéo du Musée national d'art moderne, ed. Christine Van Assche, Paris: Centre Georges Pompidou, 1992, 295 pp. (French)
  • Video‐Skulptur in Deutschland seit 1963, ed. Wolf Herzogenrath, Stuttgart: ifa, 1995. (German)
  • Mediascape, New York: Guggenheim Museum, and Karlsruhe: ZKM, 1996. Exh. held at Guggenheim Museum SoHo, 14 June-15 Sep 1996.
  • '2' the Second: Time Based Art from the Netherlands, Amsterdam: Netherlands Media Art Institute / MonteVideo TBA, 1997, 60 pp. With CD. (English)
  • L'art vidéo 1980-1999: vingt ans du VideoArt Festival, Locarno: recherches, théories, perspectives, ed. Vittorio Fagone, Milan: Mazzotta, 1999, 430 pp. (French)
  • Seeing Time: Selections from the Pamela and Richard Kramlich Collection of Media Art, ed. Karen Jacobson, San Francisco: SFMOMA, 1999, 179 pp. Exh. held 15 Oct 1999-9 Jan 2000. [24] [25] [26]
  • Video Acts: Single Channel Works from the Collections of Pamela and Richard Kramlich and New Art Trust, eds. Klaus Biesenbach with Barbara London and Christopher Eamon, New York: PS1 Contemporary Art Center, 2002, 311 pp. Exh. held 10 Nov 2002-Apr 2003. [27]
  • 30 jaar Nederlandse videokunst / Thirty Years of Dutch Video Art, Amsterdam: Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst, MonteVideo/Time Based Arts, 2003. Exh. held 11 Jan-8 Mar 2003. (Dutch),(English)
  • Arte del video: il viaggio dell'uomo immobile: videoinstallazioni, videoproiezioni, eds. Vittorio Fagone, Sandra Solimano and Lorenzo Bianda, Lucca: Fondazione Ragghianti Studi sull'Arte, 2004. Exh. held at Fondazione Ragghianti, Lucca, 21 Mar-23 May 2004. (Italian)/(English)
  • Ready to Shoot: Fernsehgalerie Gerry Schum—Videogalerie Schum, ed. Snoeck Ghent, Heule/Belgium: Snoeck, 2004. Exh. held at Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, 27 Mar-6 Jun 2004, curated by Ulrike Groos, Barbara Hess, and Ursula Wevers, with a chronology of the development of the Television Gallery, which the German artist Gerry Schum launched in 1968 to transform television into an artistic medium by screening avant-garde art to a mass audience.
  • Centre Pompidou Video Art: 1965-2005, 2005. Curated by Christine van Assche. Exh. held at Barcelona Caixa Forum; 28 Sep 2005-8 Jan 2006; Taipei Fine Arts Museum, 28 Apr-23 Jul 2006; Miami Art Central, 19 Sep-10 Dec 2006; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), Sydney, 13 Dec 2006-25 Feb 2007; Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Melbourne, 15 Mar-27 May 2007; Museo de Chada, Lisbon, 18 Oct 2007-6 Jan 2008, [28]; The Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Cyprus, Mar-May 2008; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Jun-Sep 2008; Musée Fabre, Montpellier, 25 Oct 2008-18 Jan 2009 [29].
  • – Teil 1. Digitales Erbe: Videokunst in Deutschland von 1963 bis heute, eds. Rudolf Frieling and Wulf Herzogenrath, Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2006, 399 pp. With DVD. Publisher. [30] [31] [32] (German)
  • Videokunst der 60er Jahre in Deutschland, ed. Wulf Herzogenrath, Bremen: Kunsthalle Bremen, 2006, 80 pp. (German)
  • India: Public Places, Private Spaces: Contemporary Photography and Video Art, eds. Sinha Gayatri and Paul Sternberger, Gaithersburg, MD: Marg Foundation, 2007. Contains essays surveying contemporary Indian photographers and video artists. Works by 28 artists exploring the landscape of Indian identity, experience, history, and politics. (English)
  • Buffalo Heads: Media Study, Media Practice, Media Pioneers, 1973-1990, eds. Woody Vasulka and Peter Weibel, Karlsruhe: ZKM, and MIT Press, 2008, 837 pp. Exh. held at ZKM, 16 Dec 2006-25 Mar 2007. Exhibition. Exhibition. Chronology. TOC. Publisher. Publisher. Reviews: Zics (Leonardo), Yu (Afterimage), Browne (J Am Cult). Exh. review: Minkowsky (Film Quarterly). (English)
  • California Video: Artists and Histories, ed. Glenn Phillips, Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute, 2008, 312 pp. Exh. held at J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 15 Mar-8 Jun 2008. [33] [34]. Comprehensive exhibition catalogue with an introduction by the editor, followed by some 230 pages devoted to artists’ historic videos with short introductions by leading figures in the field of video. Scholarly essays by Meg Cranston, Robert R. Riley, Kathy Rae Huffman, Bruce Yonemoto, Steve Seid, and Rita Gonzalez. Hundreds of illustrations. (English)
  • Record again! Teil 2, eds. Christoph Blase and Peter Weibel, Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2010, 535 pp. With DVD. Publisher. [35] [36] (German)/(English)
  • Changing Channels. Kunst und Fernsehen 1963-1987, ed. Matthias Michalka, Cologne: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, and Vienna: mumok, 2010, 293 pp. Exh. curated by Matthias Michalka with Manuela Ammer; held at mumok, Vienna, 5 Mar-6 Jun 2010. [37] (German)
    • Changing Channels: Art and Television 1963-1987, ed. Matthias Michalka, Cologne: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, and Vienna: mumok, 2010, 293 pp. [38]
  • VideoStudio: Playback, ed. Thomas J. Lax, New York: Studio Museum in Harlem, 2011, 17 pp. Exh. held on 31 Mar-26 Jun 2011. First exhibition in a series of programs dedicated to work made in the late 20th century that reflect the influence of dance and avant-garde theater as well as contemporaneous social concerns on early uses of video by artists. Emphasizing improvisation, collaboration and innovative uses of technology, the artists in the exhibition include Houston Conwill, Maren Hassinger, Fred Holland, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Ulysses Jenkins, Senga Nengudi and Howardena Pindell. (English)
  • Vidéo Vintage 1963-1983: une sélection de vidéos fondatrices des collections nouveaux médias du Musée National d'Art Moderne Centre Pompidou, ed. Christine Van Assche, Paris: Centre Pompidou, 2012, 64 pp. Retrospective presenting the first two decades of video art production held in the collection of Centre Pompidou. Curated by Christine van Assche with Florence Parot. Press release. Publisher. Exh. held at Centre Pompidou, 8 Feb-7 May 2012; ZKM Media Museum Karlsruhe, 22 Sep 2012-10 Feb 2013; Beirut Art Center; MMCA Seoul. (French)
  • TeleGen: Kunst und Fernsehen / Art and Television, eds. Dieter Daniels and Stephan Berg, Munich: Hirmer, 2015, 352 pp. Exh. held at Kunstmuseum Bonn, 1 Oct 2015-17 Jan 2016; Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, 19 Feb-16 May 2016. (German)/(English)
  • Mémoires vives: From Nam June Paik to Sliders_Lab, ed. Jean-Marie Dallet, Tielt: Lannoo, 2019, 256 pp. Excerpt. [39] (English),(Dutch),(French)
Gene Youngblood, Expanded Cinema, 1970, Log, PDF.


  • Gene Youngblood, Expanded Cinema, intro. R. Buckminster Fuller, New York: E.P. Dutton, 1970, 432+[6] pp; London: Studio Vista, 1970, 432+[6] pp; repr., 50th anniv.ed., New York: Fordham University Press, 2020, xxxii+449+[12] pp.
    • Cine expandido, intro. Emilio Benini, Buenos Aires: Editorial De La Universidad Nacional De Tres De Febrero (EDUNTREF), 2012, 447 pp. [40] (Spanish)
    • Expanded cinema, eds. Pier Luigi Capucci and Simonetta Fadda, Bologna: CLUEB, 2013, xvi+388 pp. (Italian)
  • Michael Shamberg, Raindance Corporation, Guerrilla Television, New York, Chicago, San Francisco: Holt Rinehart and Winstin, 1971. [41]
  • Paul Ryan, Birth And Death And Cybernation: Cybernetics of the Sacred, New York: Gordon & Breach, 1973.
  • Peggy Gale (ed.), Video by Artists, intro. Tom Sherman, Toronto: Art Metropole, 1976, 223 pp. [42] [43]
  • Johanna Gill, Video: State of the Art, Rockefeller Foundation, 1976, 56 pp, HTML; repr. as "Video: State of the Art", in Eigenwelt der Apparate-Welt. Pioniere der Elektronischen Kunst / Pioneers of Electronic Art, ed. David Dunn, Santa Fe, NM: The Vasulkas, 1992, pp 63-88.
  • Jonathan Price, Video Visions: A Medium Discovers Itself, New York: New American Library, 1977. Based on interviews with people involved in early video: broadcasters at WGBH and other PBS stations, numerous artists, a.o. Review: Kaiser (Leonardo).
  • Gregory Battcock (ed.), New Artists' Video: A Critical Anthology, New York: E.P.Dutton, 1978, xxii+198 pp. [44]. Some of the articles are reprints, but eleven of them were previously unpublished. Writers included Douglas Davis, Richard Kostelanetz, Richard Lorber, David Ross, Nam June Paik and Charlotte Moorman, Robert Stefanotty, Les Levine, Rosalind Kraus, Stuart Marshall, Ingrid Wiegand, a.o.
  • Dominique Belloir, Vidéo art explorations, Paris: Cahiers du Cinema, 1981, 90 pp. (French)
  • Bettina Gruber, Maria Vedder (eds.), Kunst und Video: Internationale Entwicklung und Künstler, Cologne: DuMont, 1983, 264 pp. Incl. 7 essays on communications theory and video history, color plates (8 pp), statements, photographs, biographies, videographies, and bibliographies for 61 artists. Review: Zippay (Art J 1985). (German)
  • John Hanhardt (ed.), Video Culture: A Critical Investigation, Layton, UT: Peregrine Smith Books, and Rochester, NY: Visual Studies Workshop Press, 1986, 296 pp. Introduction by Hanhardt, with chapters on “Theory and Practice,” “Video and Television,” and “Film and Video.” Essays by Walter Benjamin, Bertolt Brecht, Louis Althusser, Hans Mgnus Enzensberger, Jean Baudrillard, David Antin, David Ross, Stanley Cavell, Nam June Paik, Gene Youngblood, Jack Burnham, John Ellis, and Douglas Davis, as well as Rosalind Krauss’s essay "Video: The Aesthetics of Narcissism".
  • Deidre Boyle, Video Classics: A Guide to Video Art and Documentary Tapes, Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press, 1986, xxii+160 pp.
  • Elke Town (ed.), Video by Artists, 2, Toronto: Art Metropole, 1986, 151 pp. A companion to the 1976 book publication. [45]
  • Wolfgang Preikschat, Video. Die Poesie der Neuen Medien, Weinheim: Beltz, 1987, 188 pp. Review: Hoffman (MW). (German)
  • Lori Zippay (ed.), Artists' Video: An International Guide, New York: Cross River Press, 1991, 272 pp. Introductory essay by the editor on major topics and technical developments in video, from the 1960s to the 1990s, including 120 artists and 1,500 illustrations, with chapters organized alphabetically by artist, each with an annotated biography, videography, and bibliography.
  • Doug Hall, Sally Jo Fifer (eds.), Illuminating Video: An Essential Guide to Video Art, New York: Aperture Press, 1991, OL. Rosler's essay, Morse's essay, Sturken's essay. Essays by Kathy Rae Huffman, Marita Sturken, Christine Tamblyn, Martha Rosler, Chip Lord, Judith Barry, Juan Downey, Mary Lucier, Woody Vasulka, Bill Viola, and Kathy O’Dell, a.o. Bibliography and videography.
  • Sean Cubitt, Videography: Video Media as Art and Culture, Palgrave Macmillan, 1993, 239 pp.
  • Rewind: Surveying the First Decade: Video Art and Alternative Media in the U.S., 1968-1980, ed. Gary Hill, Chicago: Video Data Bank, 1995, Excerpt; new ed., eds. Abina Manning and Brigid Reagan, Chicago: Video Data Bank, 2008, 150 pp. Brochure, SFMOMA, 1997. [46]
  • Michael Renov, Erika Suderburg (eds.), Resolutions: Contemporary Video Practices, University of Minnesota Press, 1995, 448 pp. [47]
  • Julia Knight (ed.), Diverse Practices: a Critical Reader on British Video Art, Luton: University of Luton Press, 1996, 384 pp. Review: Eleftheriotis (Screen).
  • Christine Ross, Images de surface: l'art vidéo reconsidéré, Montréal: Artexte, 1996, 142 pp. Based on dissertation from Université Paris I. (French)
  • The Kitchen Video Collection: Two Decades of the Video Vanguard, ed. David Azarch, New York: Kitchen Center for Video, Music, Dance, Performance, Film, and Literature, 1996. Founded as a collective for experimental artists and composers, The Kitchen began as an alternative space and became a renowned institution for cross-disciplinary art and performance. Volume consists of archival documents, brief descriptions of art works, and black-and-white photographs of video art and video performances, many of which have become classic works in the history of art.
  • Deidre Boyle, Subject to Change: Guerrilla Television Revisited, Oxford University Press, 1997.
  • François Parfait, Video, un art contemporain, Paris: Regard, 2001. Twelve illustrated chapters focus on the relation between electronic images and the development of contemporary art; the affiliations between banal video productions and the hybrid history of technology; and interconnections among sculpture, photography, cinema, and television in relation to popular culture and live, performed art in the second half of the 20th century. (French)
  • Nina Danino, Michael Maziere (eds), The Undercut Reader: Critical Writings on Artists' Film and Video, London: Wallflower Press, 2002, 292 pp. Review: Rees (Screen).
  • Ursula Biemann (ed.), In Stuff It: The Video Essay in the Digital Age, Zurich: Voldemeer, and Vienna: Springer, 2003. (English)
  • The Undercut Reader: Critical Writings on Artists' Film and Video, eds. Nina Danino and Michael Mazière, London: Wallflower Press, 2003. [48]
  • Michael Rush, Video Art, London: Thames & Hudson, 2003; rev.ed., 2007. Introduction + Chapter 1, Chapter 2.
  • Yvonne Spielmann, Video: das reflexive Medium, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, 2005. This scholarly study of the history and practices of video contains a section devoted to the experimental phase of video, guerilla television, artistic video, and video culture. Another section explores the aesthetics of video by many artists working in video performance, from Vito Acconci, Dennis Oppenheim, and Ulrike Rosenbach to Valie Export, Lynn Hersham, and Raphael Montañez Ortiz. (German)

Journal issues[edit]

Proceedings from conferences and symposia[edit]

Book chapters, papers, articles[edit]

  • Douglas Davis, "The New Audience: Television and Videotape", in Davis, Art and the Future, New York and Washington: Praeger, 1973, pp 84-91.
  • Martha Rosler, "Video: Shedding the Utopian Moment", in Vidéo, ed. René Payant, Montréal: Artexte, 1986; repr. in Block 11, London, 1985-86; repr. in Illuminating Video: An Essential Guide to Video Art, eds. Doug Hall and Sally Jo Fifer, New York: Aperture Press, 1991, pp 30-50. Originally delivered as a talk, "Shedding the Utopian Moment: The Museumization of Video", at the conference Vidéo '84 at the Université de Québec à Montréal.


Barbara London, "Video: A Selected Chronology, 1963-1983", 1985, PDF, in Art Journal 45(3): "Video: The Reflexive Medium", 1985, Log, PDF.

Bibliography and chronology[edit]




See also[edit]


  • Émergence de l’art vidéo en Europe: historiographie, théorie, sources et archives, seminar series organised by INHA and BnF, Paris: 2016, 2017, 2018.

Visual art

Styles and movementsCollectionsHistorians and criticsPreservation and conservationReference works

Moving Image
communities of practice in film and video

Early cinema, Experimental film, Expanded cinema, Video art, Live cinema, Film labs, Media archives, Community television, Demoscene, VJing, VVVV, Live coding .
See also Artists' cultures.