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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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The National Review of Live Art (NRLA) Archive


The NRLA archive is a new resource for students of live and performance art, created and housed in the Theatre Collection at the University of Bristol. The archive documents the NRLA Festival, offering over 1900 audio-visual files which cover the festival from 1986 until its final year in 2010. As well as videos of the performances themselves, the archive includes tapes of installations, discussions and interviews with participating artists.

Only authorised users, i.e. those who have had their site registration approved by the administrators, can access the files in the archive. However, after the initial 48-hour registration period, online access is very straightforward. The free text keyword search box finds content by searching file titles, and the artist drop-down list allows users to find material by artist name. One can also search by festival year, or entering the name of contributors.

As part of the digitization projects for the archive, the NRLA team created the Performance Arts Data Structure or PADS, a customised data tool that  “unites documentation of a performance artwork produced in different media and any objects that remain: for instance, videos, props/objects used, costume/clothing, material residues, photographic stills, interviews (with artist(s), producer/curator and audience members), transcripts or notes, script, diagrammatic scores, production plans and publicity.”

Through PADS, users can explore the links between the overall concept of the work, the various concrete versions of it, and any other resources associated with, creating a much more comprehensive understanding of any particular piece of live art.

In addition, the NRLA archive is not only a passive tool that allows users to view the resources. It also offers other capabilities, such as the ability to annotate specific clips within a larger video, and to connect different files within the archive. These annotations and connections appear in the user’s own workspace, which is accessible after login. Users can also link external resources, such as youtube videos, to existing files. These capabilities make the NRLA Archive a powerful educational tool, and a resource for artists to manage their own material.

The NRLA archive includes the work of Irish artists who participated in the NRLA festival through the years such as Michelle Browne, Alastair MacLennan, Anne Seagrave, and Aine Philips, and this makes it a particularly relevant resource for NCAD students.

Christmas suggestions from the Visual Resources Centre


It’s that time of the year again, and we know that after a filling Christmas meal, all you want to do is sit on the sofa and watch a good movie for the next two hours. So we have a few suggestions for films that you can borrow for the Christmas period from our video collection: comedies, classic movies, thrillers, documentaries, children’s films…there is a little here for every taste. Enjoy!

Happy Easter!


The Visual Resources Centre wishes everyone at NCAD a very happy Easter holiday. The good news is that we will be open the following days:

Monday 18th to Wednesday 20th, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm

Wednesday 27th to Friday 29th, also 9.30 am to 4.30 pm

Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, May 3rd.

As a special treat for Easter, we have increased the borrowing limit during the next two weeks from 3 to 6 DVDs at a time.

Happy viewing!

New DVDs February 2011


The following is a selection of DVD titles that have been incorporated into the Library Catalogue during the month of February:

We look forward to your opinions and suggestions about the list.