History of Art 5645 - Video Art


HISTORY OF ART 5643 - Video Art
Professor Kris Paulsen

This course will survey the history of Video Art from 1965 to the present, paying special attention to the cultural and political forces that shaped its form and content. We will trace Video Art’s roots back to Pop, Minimalism and Conceptual Art, and examine its early identities as “sculpture” or “performance document.”  We will pay special attention to video’s relationship to its “parent” media – television – and study how artists used television broadcasts to distribute their work and to subvert the power of the mass media. The course will end with a series of case studies on contemporary artists and special events at the Wexner Center for the Arts. Students will learn to analyze video art by engaging with its specific formal and temporal structures, its relationship to social history and politics, as well as its “cinematic” properties, such as narrative, shot and editing.

Class # 34075-Undergrad / 34074-Graduate
Tuesdays and Thursdays | 2:20 - 3:45