Category Archives: Art Videos

Meridth Monk/ Ann Hamilton ‘Songs of Ascension’

http://blog.onbeing.org/post/17604082071/ascending-staircases-of-sonoma-light-by-susan Tower designed by Ann Hamilton and Jenson Architects for the purpose of creating an acoustic space. You can hear how the voice and musical instruments travel through space. The tower becomes an instrument.

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Vito Acconci, ‘Seedbed’, 1972

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7ygpc_vito-acconci-seedbed-1972_creation Without sound we are given no sense of the aesthetic quality of this piece. We see Acconci masturbate – but this ‘watching’ moves away from the intensity of what it would be to listen to this work. The listeners … Continue reading

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Bruce Nauman, ‘Feed Me’, 2007 ?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxmm16gqRis&feature=related Voice filtered through medium of video that produces a highly disturbing, threatening, chaotic space. I think it was Gary Hill that said video is mainly about sound – this example supports that perspective.

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Bruce Nauman, ‘Good Boy Bad Boy’, 1985.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VugLUa47sLI&feature=related repetition, dislocation of language from context, becomes meaningless – not semantically but in terms of a reference to a ‘reality’, the emphasis of the mediation of voice and language through technology. The repetition in a sense makes the work … Continue reading

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Vito Acconci ‘Undertone’, 1972

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZaD9CHZecE Relation between libidinal body and language, self and other. The repetition of the words signals the obsessive thoughts of a fictional self or expressive of that of the performer.

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Vito Acconci, ‘Open Book’, 1974

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYQAcHsgIwY&feature=related Close up of mouth – emphasises the voice as material, corporeal – expressive of something that transgresses the boundary of linguistics. We are dealing with the libidinal body. An uncomfortable relation between viewer and performer is created – something … Continue reading

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Vito Acconci, ‘Theme Song’, 1973

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAf6zKRb1wI&feature=related As mentioned in the excerpt under the video, Acconci figures a relation between ‘I’ and ‘you’. This relation is illusory. Acconci is singing and talking to himself. He is uncomfortably close to the video in a way that effects … Continue reading

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Laurie Anderson, ‘O Superman’, 1981.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VIqA3i2zQw

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Abramovic and Ulay ‘Aaa Aaa’ 1978

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAIfLnQ26JY

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Marina Abramovic, ‘Freeing the Voice’, 1976

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBVzJI6m72A

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