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* David Dunn (ed.), ''[http://monoskop.org/log/?p=43 Eigenwelt Der Apparatewelt: Pioneers of Electronic Art]'', Santa Fe: The Vasulkas, 1992, 240 pp.
* David Dunn (ed.), ''[http://monoskop.org/log/?p=43 Eigenwelt Der Apparatewelt: Pioneers of Electronic Art]'', Santa Fe: The Vasulkas, 1992, 240 pp.
* Sean Cubitt, ''[https://monoskop.org/log/?p=644 Videography: Video Media as Art and Culture]'', Palgrave Macmillan, 1993, 239 pp.
* Sean Cubitt, ''[https://monoskop.org/log/?p=644 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, [http://www.vasulka.org/archive/Artists2/Hill,Chris/Rewind.pdf Excerpt]; [[Media:Rewind_Surveying_the_First_Decade_Video_Art_and_Alternative_Media_in_the_US_1968-1980_2008.pdf|new ed.]], eds. Abina Manning and Brigid Reagan, Chicago: Video Data Bank, 2008, 150 pp. [http://www.vasulka.org/archive/ExhFest10/SFmoma/SFMoMA.pdf Brochure, SFMOMA], 1997.
* ''Rewind: Surveying the First Decade: Video Art and Alternative Media in the U.S., 1968-1980'', ed. Gary Hill, Chicago: Video Data Bank, 1995, [http://www.vasulka.org/archive/Artists2/Hill,Chris/Rewind.pdf Excerpt]; [[Media:Rewind_Surveying_the_First_Decade_Video_Art_and_Alternative_Media_in_the_US_1968-1980_2008.pdf|new ed.]], eds. Abina Manning and Brigid Reagan, Chicago: Video Data Bank, 2008, 150 pp. [http://www.vasulka.org/archive/ExhFest10/SFmoma/SFMoMA.pdf Brochure, SFMOMA], 1997. [http://www.vdb.org/titles/surveying-first-decade-video-art-and-alternative-media-us-1968-1980]
* Julia Knight (ed.), ''Diverse Practices: a Critical Reader on British Video Art'', Luton: University of Luton Press, 1996, 384 pp. Review: [https://sci-hub.tw/10.1093/screen/39.1.100 Eleftheriotis] (Screen).
* Julia Knight (ed.), ''Diverse Practices: a Critical Reader on British Video Art'', Luton: University of Luton Press, 1996, 384 pp. Review: [https://sci-hub.tw/10.1093/screen/39.1.100 Eleftheriotis] (Screen).
* Christine Ross, ''Images de surface: l'art vidéo reconsidéré'', Montréal: Artexte, 1996, 142 pp. Based on dissertation from Université Paris I. {{fr}}
* Christine Ross, ''Images de surface: l'art vidéo reconsidéré'', Montréal: Artexte, 1996, 142 pp. Based on dissertation from Université Paris I. {{fr}}

Revision as of 09:32, 22 February 2020

A resource on video art.

Artists, collectives, events

Only those with pages on Monoskop wiki are listed.

Artists (cont.)

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, General Idea, 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.


Online platforms for video art
  • UbuWeb: Film & Video, an online archive of the avant-garde. Edited by Kenneth Goldsmith.
  • Mediakunst.net, 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.
  • 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

Links point to online catalogues.


See also

Artists' writings, catalogues

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. [1] (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

For historical surveys and retrospectives see section below.

  • TV as a Creative Medium, New York: Howard Wise Gallery, 1969, [8] pp. Commentary: Sturken (Afterimage 1984). EAI resource.
  • 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. [2]
  • The Video Show: Festival of Independent Video, London: Serpentine Gallery, 1975. Related documents. Hall's review. [3]
  • documenta 6, Kassel, 1977.
  • 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)
  • Japan Video Art Festival: 33 Artists at CAYC, Buenos Aires: Center of Art and Communication (CAYC), 1978, [20] pp. Exh. held Apr 1978.
  • Video from Tokyo to Fukui and Kyoto, ed. Barbara J. London, New York: MoMA, 1979, 32 pp.
  • Video im Abendland. Videoworkshop, Stuttgart: Künstlerhaus, 1979, 28 pp. Workshop held 23 Sep-7 Oct 1979. [4] (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. [5] (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. [6] (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. [7]. 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. [8] (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. (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)

Notable exhibitions without catalogues



  • 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. [10]
  • Video by Artists 2, ed. Elke Town, Toronto: Art Metropole, 1986, 151 pp. [11]
  • 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. [12]
  • 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. [13]

Reception, art historical studies

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.
Mediascape, New York, 1996, IA.

Exhibition catalogues

  • 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).
  • New American Video Art: A Historical Survey, 1967-1980, ed. John G. Hanhardt, New York: Whitney Museum, 1984, 8 pp.​ Exh. held 13 Jun-1 Jul 1984. [14]
  • 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. [15]
  • Resolutions: A Critique of Video Art, ed. Patti Podesta, Los Angeles: LACE, 1986. Survey of video works made in the US from 1980-85. [16]
  • 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. [17]
  • Video Art: Expanded Forms, ed. John G. Hanhardt, New York: Whitney Museum of American Art at Equitable Center, 1988, [8] pp. Curator's essay in Leonardo (1990).
  • Video-Skulptur: retrospektiv und aktuell 1963-1989, eds. Wolf von 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)
  • Imago, fin de siècle in Dutch Contemporary Art, ed. & intro. René Coelho, 's Gravenhague: Rijksdienst beeldende kunst, and Amsterdam: Mediamatic Foundation, 1990, 100 pp. Special issue of Mediamatic, 5(1/2). (English)/(Dutch)
  • 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)
  • 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. [18] [19] [20]
  • 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. [21]
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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. [22] [23]. 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)
  • TV ARTS TV: The Television Shot by Artists, ed. Valentina Valentini, Madrid: La Fábrica, and Barcelona: Arts Santa Mònica, 2010, 160 pp.
  • 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. [24]. Exh. held at Centre Pompidou, 8 Feb-7 May 2012; ZKM Karlsruhe; 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)
  • Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995, ed. Henriette Huldisch, Cambridge, MA: MIT List Visual Arts Center, and Munich: Hirmer Verlag, 2018, 143 pp. Texts by Henriette Huldisch, Emily Watlington, and Edith Decker-Phillips. Exh. held at MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA, 8 Feb-15 Apr 2018. (English)
  • Defiant Muses: Delphine Seyrig and the Feminist Video Collectives in France, 1970s-1980s, Madrid: Museo Reina Sofía, 2019, 235 pp. [25]. Exhibition. (English)
    • Musas insumisas: Delphine Seyrig y los colectivos de vídeo feminista en Francia en los 70 y 80, Madrid: Museo Reina Sofía, 2019, 235 pp. [26] (Spanish)
Gene Youngblood, Expanded Cinema, 1970, Log, PDF.
Eigenwelt Der Apparatewelt: Pioneers of Electronic Art, Linz, 1992, Log.


  • Gene Youngblood, Expanded Cinema, intro. R. Buckminster Fuller, New York: Dutton, 1970, 432 pp.
    • Cine expandido, Buenos Aires: Eduntref, 2012, 456 pp. [27] (Spanish)
    • Expanded cinema, trans. 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. [28]
  • 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. [29] [30]
  • Johanna Gill, Video: State of the Art, Rockefeller Foundation, 1976, 56 pp, HTML.
  • 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.
  • Gregory Battcock (ed.), New Artists' Video: A Critical Anthology, New York: E.P.Dutton, 1978, xxii+198 pp. [31]. 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.
  • Wulf Herzogenrath (ed.), Videokunst in Deutschland 1963-1982, 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. (German)
  • 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. [32]
  • 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. 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.
  • David Dunn (ed.), Eigenwelt Der Apparatewelt: Pioneers of Electronic Art, Santa Fe: The Vasulkas, 1992, 240 pp.
  • 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. [33]
  • 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.
  • Michael Renov, Erika Suderburg (eds.), Resolutions: Contemporary Video Practices, University of Minnesota Press, 1996, 448 pp. [34]
  • 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. [35]
  • Michael Rush, Video Art, London: Thames & Hudson, 2003; rev.ed., 2007. Introduction + Chapter 1, Chapter 2.
  • Yvonne Speilmann, 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)
    • Video: The Reflexive Medium, trans. Anja Welle and Stan Jones, MIT Press, 2007, 384 pp. TOC, Index, [36].
  • Chris Meigh-Andrews, A History of Video Art, Berg, 2006; 2nd ed., Bloomsbury, 2014, 387 pp.
  • Joachim Jäger, Gabriele Knapstein, Anette Hüsch (eds.), Beyond Cinema: The Art of Projection: Films, Videos and Installations from 1963 to 2005, Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2006, 152 pp. [37]
  • Laura Baigorri (ed.), Vídeo en Latinoamérica: una historia crítica, Madrid: Brumaria, 2008. (Spanish)
  • Stan Douglas, Christopher Eamon (eds.), Art of Projection, Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2009, 192 pp. [38]
  • Nancy Cain, Video Days and What We Saw Through the Viewfinder, Palm Springs: Event Horizon Press, 2011.
  • Tamara Trodd (ed.), Screen/Space: the Projected Image in Contemporary Art, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2011, 214 pp. Review: Butler (Screen).
  • Sean Cubitt, Stephen Partridge (eds.), Rewind: British Artists' Video of the 1970s and 1980s, John Libbey, 2012, 234 pp. A history and analysis of the first years of video art in England and Scotland based on extensive archiving and oral history. Review: Piccini (Screen). [39]
  • Erika Suderburg, Ming-Yuen S. Ma (eds.), Resolutions 3: Global Networks of Video, University of Minnesota Press, 2012, 408 pp. [40]
  • Holly Rogers, Sounding the Gallery: Video and the Rise of Art-Music, Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • Paul Hegarty, Rumour and Radiation: Sound in Video Art, Bloomsbury Academic, 2014.
  • Kathy High, Sherry Miller Hocking, Mona Jimenez (eds.), The Emergence of Video Processing Tools, 2 vols., Intellect, 2014. [41]. Review: Pearlman (Leonardo).
  • Helen Westgeest, Video Art Theory: A Comparative Approach, Wiley-Blackwell, 2015.
  • Malin Hedlin Hayden, Video Art Historicized: Traditions and Negotiations, Ashgate, 2015. [42]
  • Gabrielle Jennings (ed.), Abstract Video: The Moving Image in Contemporary Art, forew. Kate Mondloch, University of California Press, 2015.
  • Omar Kholeif (ed.), Moving Image, London: Whitechapel Gallery, 2015, 239 pp.
  • Erika Balsom, After Uniqueness: A History of Film and Video Art in Circulation, Columbia University Press, 2017, 312 pp.
  • François Bovier (ed.), Early Video and Experimental Film Networks: French-Speaking Switzerland in 1974: A Case for "Minor History", Lausanne: ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne, 2017, 252 pp. [43] [44]
  • Michael Goddard, Guerrilla Networks: An Anarchaeology of 1970s Radical Media Ecologies, Amsterdam University Press, 2018, 358 pp. TOC & Introduction. [45]. Review: Gloor (H-Soz-Kult).
  • Slavko Kacunko (ed.), Theorien der Videokunst. Theoretikerinnen 1988-2003 & 2004-2018, 2 vols., Berlin: Logos, 2018, 582 & 406 pp. [46] [47] (German)
  • Laura Leuzzi, Elaine Shemilt, Stephen Partridge (eds.), EWVA: European Women's Video Art in the 70s and 80s, John Libbey, 2019, 250 pp. [48]

Journal issues

Proceedings from conferences and symposia

Book chapters, papers, articles


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




See also


  • 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.