Video art in the NCAD Visual Resources Centre


NCAD Library has a growing collection of DVDs on video art. They include several anthologies of video works by international artists, as well as DVDs by individual artists. The following is a list of some of our most interesting titles. You can find a more comprehensive list here.

Surveying the first decade: Video art and alternative media in the U.S. 1968-1980. F529-F536. An extraordinary two-volume, eight-program series on the history of experimental and independent video in the U.S. It is organised in broad themes such as “Explorations of Presence, Performance, and Audience”, “Investigations of the Phenomenal World: Space, Sound, and Light” or “Gendered Confrontations”, and it includes artists such as Dan Graham, John Baldessari, William Wegman, Bruce Nauman, Joan Jonas, Gary Hill, Bill Viola, Linda Benglis and Martha Rosler. It should be compulsory viewing for anyone interested in video art.

40yearsvideoart.de. D694-D705. This is a project carried out by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, in which a seven-strong jury selected 59 video artworks produced and/or exhibited in Germany from the 1960s to 2004. The collection includes German and international artists such as Joseph Beuys, Marina Abramovic, Richard Wilson, Harun Farocki, Nam June Paik and even Samuel Beckett.

Point of View: an anthology of the moving image. D706-D718. This collection, produced by the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, features eleven leading artists working in film, video, and digital imagery today: Francis Alys, David Claerbout, Douglas Gordon, Gary Hill, Pierre Huyghe, Joan Jonas, Isaac Julien, William Kentridge, Paul McCarthy, Pipilotti Rist, and Anri Sala. Each DVD features a newly-commissioned work; an in-depth interview with the artist conducted by Dan Cameron, senior curator for the New Museum of Contemporary Art, curator Hans Ulrich Obrist of the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, or Richard Meyer, Associate Professor, Department of Art History, University of Southern California; an image library of the artist’s previous work; and bibliographical material.

Hard head: videos by Mounir Fatmi. D789. Mounir Fatmi is a Moroccan artist working in Paris, whose artworks focus on political, religious and current affairs issues. Hard head is a compilation of 8 video works created between 1999 and 2008, which uses playful language inspired by Islamic art, the Koran and European authors such as Artaud and Montesquieu, to blur notions of identity and chronology.

Michael Fortune: An anthology of Others. D958-D965. Michael Fortune is an Irish artist based in rural County Wexford, whose work explores the relationships between the people and circumstances he encounters. In much of his video work the camera remains static, and all evidence of the documenter or narrator is removed.

Bill Viola: Hatsu Yume: Bill Viola is an internationally acclaimed video artist who uses video to explore sensory perception as an avenue to self-knowledge. His works focus on universal human experiences—birth, death, the unfolding of consciousness—and have roots in both Eastern and Western art as well as spiritual traditions, including Zen Buddhism, Islamic Sufism, and Christian mysticism. In Hatsu Yume, Viola fuses a personal observation of Japanese culture with a metaphysical contemplation of life, death and nature, achieved through a symbolic exploration of video’s relation to light and reflection.

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