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A Bit Of Matter And A Little Bit More

Lawrence Weiner

1976, 23 min, color, sound

 

A budding gourmet

Martha Rosler

1974, 17:14 min, b&w, sound

 

A Conversation

Joseph Beuys, Douglas Davis, and Nam June Paik 

1974, 34 min, b&w, sound

 

A Conversation with Robert Longo

Shalom Gorewitz in collaboration with Barry Blinderman. 

1984, 11:17 min, color, sound

 

A Europa em 5 Minutos (Europe in Five Minutes)

Eder Santos

1986, 13:57 min, color, sound

 

A Family Finds Entertainment

Ryan Trecartin

2004, 42 min, color, sound

Dennis Cooper writes in Artforum: "If A Family Finds Entertainment can be reduced to a thumbnail description, this might be it: Trecartin stars as Skippy, a clownish but terrifyingly psychopathic boy who has locked himself in the upstairs bathroom of his family home during a wild party....

 

A Fire in My Belly

David Wojnarowicz

1986-1987, 20:55 min, color and b&w, silent, Super 8mm film on video

Echoing themes explored throughout David Wojnarowicz's art and writing, A Fire in My Belly is a visceral meditation on cultural and individual identity, spirituality, and belief systems. On a trip to Mexico City with Tommy Turner to scout Day of the Dead imagery, Wojnarowicz shot 25 rolls of...

 

A First Quarter

Lawrence Weiner

1973, 85 min, b&w, sound

"Using the structure of a feature film as its basic format, A First Quarter adopts the principles of nouvelle vague cinema as its role model. Simultaneous realities, altered flashbacks, plays on time and space are all components of the form and content of the film. Because it was originally...

 

A Jar Full of Jam

Tony Labat

1988, 39:35 min, color, sound

 

A Loft

Ken Jacobs

2010, 16:48 min, color, silent, HD video

In A Loft, Jacobs applies his exacting digital techniques to footage of his New York City working and living space. Jacobs' take on the "artist's studio" portrait shows the important early influence of abstract painter Hans Hoffman on Jacobs, and his continued interest in abstract aesthetics...

 

A Man's Woman

Laura Kipnis

1988, 52 min, color, sound

 

A Model Family

Zoe Beloff

2015, 21:40 min, color, sound, 16 mm film on HD video

 

A Mosaic for the Kali Yuga

Daniel Reeves

1986, 5:05 min, color, sound

 

A Portrait of a Friend by Friends: Emmett Williams

Joan Logue in collaboration with the artists. 

1988, 23 min, color, sound

In this collaborative "verbal drawing," Fluxus artist, painter and poet Emmett Williams is profiled by his friends and colleagues. Fifteen artists, poets and writers convened in the Form Hotel in Warsaw, Poland to pay tribute to Williams in the form of personal anecdotes. In this intimate...

 

A Simple Case For Torture, or How To Sleep at Night

Martha Rosler

1983, 63:03 min, color, sound

 

A So Desu Ka

Steina

1994, 9:40 min, color, sound

 

A Sweeter Music

John Sanborn

2013, 74 min, color, sound

 

A Tale of Love

Gusztáv Hámos and Astrid Heibach. 

1988, 6:48 min, color, sound

 

A Tale of Two Cities

Nam June Paik and Paul Garrin 

1992, 1 min, color, sound

Television on speed, Paik and Garrin's A Tale of Two Cities is a potpourri of pop personalities, avant-garde antics and international cultural kitsch, where past, present and future collide in the kaleidoscopic, hyper-kinetic, televisually "now."

 

A Tom Tom Chaser

Ken Jacobs

2002, 11 min, b&w, silent

A Tom Tom Chaser is Jacobs' 2002 poetic riff on the transformation of his classic film Tom Tom the Piper's Son from chemical to electronic form during the telecine process.

 

A Tribute to John Cage

Nam June Paik

1973, re-edited 1976, 29:02 min, color, sound

 

A Tribute to Nam June Paik

Kit Fitzgerald and John Sanborn

1982, 27:58 min, color, sound

 

A Voyage of Growth and Discovery

Mike Kelley, Michael Smith

2010, 86:34 min, color, sound

 

A World Redrawn: Eisenstein and Brecht in Hollywood

Zoe Beloff 

2016, 152 pages, Hardcover

Zoe Beloff's book A World Redrawn is part of a larger exhibition of archival objects, films, architectural models and drawings (first displayed at the CUNY James Gallery in 2015), which takes up the tantalizing prospect of Sergei Eisenstein and Bertolt Brecht living and working in the seat of...

 

About Media

Anthony Ramos

1977, 25 min, color, sound

 

about symmetry symmetry about

Phyllis Baldino 

2002, 14:10 min, color, sound

Baldino explores both the sublime and mundane aspects of symmetry, from the physicist Lee Smolin discussing "super-symmetry," to individuals confessing their design for eating corn on the cob. Sliding across the screen, each image produces a clone; the ceaseless, conveyor belt-like motion...

 

Absence is Present: Dead Nature in the Dark

Phyllis Baldino 

2010, 2:36 min, color, silent

About the Absence is Present series, Baldino writes, "As a result of open-heart surgery last year, I currently have a blind spot near the center of my vision. I had a 'mini-stroke' during surgery, and a small air bubble landed in my visual cortex, of all places. Normally I do not create work...

 

Absence is Present: gone on gone (1)

Phyllis Baldino 

2010, 2:02 min, color, silent

About the Absence is Present series, Baldino writes, "As a result of open-heart surgery last year, I currently have a blind spot near the center of my vision. I had a 'mini-stroke' during surgery, and a small air bubble landed in my visual cortex, of all places. Normally I do not create work...

 

Absence is Present: gone on gone (2)

Phyllis Baldino 

2010, 1:31 min, color, silent

Baldino writes, "As a result of open-heart surgery last year, I currently have a blind spot near the center of my vision. I had a 'mini-stroke' during surgery, and a small air bubble landed in my visual cortex; normally I do not create work that is explicitly related to my personal life, but...

 

Açik Radyo (Myths & Stereotypes)

Antonio Muntadas 

2010, 31:46 min, color, sound, Turkish with English subtitles

On Translation: Açik Radyo is part of Muntadas' ongoing series of works and projects about communication, culture, and the role of art and the artist in contemporary life. This piece is the result of a two-year project created in the context of "Lives and Works in Istanbul," a program that...

 

Action

Kristin Lucas

1997-98, 5 min, color, sound

 

Actions

Muntadas

1971, 13 min, b&w, sound

 

Ad Vice

Tony Cokes

1999, 6:36 min, color, sound

 

Adelic Penguins

Kit Fitzgerald and Paul Garrin. 

1986, 32:39 min, color, sound

 

Adjunct Dislocations II

VALIE EXPORT

1973-78, 17:15 min, b&w, sound

 

Adland

TVTV

1974, 58:25 min, b&w and color, sound

 

Adventures of the Avant-Garde

Jaime Davidovich

1981, 10:30 min, color, sound

Davidovich searches in vain for the meaning of "avant garde." The artist travels to Iowa City, where he conducts a series of "man on the street" interviews with artist Michael Smith, painter and critic Walter Robinson, University of Iowa professor of art history W.J. Tomasini, a security guard...

 

Adynata

Leslie Thornton

1983, 30 min, color, sound

Deploying fragments of sound and image in a confounding shell-game, Adynata challenges notions of Asianness and the East. Thornton, appearing in the guise of a 19th-century Mandarin and his wife, explores oppositions of femininity and masculinity concealed in Orientalist assumptions. Here,...

 

Aeros

Burt Barr 

1990, 32:14 min, color, sound

 

After Montgolfier

Davidson Gigliotti

1979, 10:35 min, color, sound

 

ahistory

Bruce and Norman Yonemoto

1992, 1 min, color, sound

Europe's enchantment with American consumer culture is depicted, as well-known European architectural landmarks — the Eiffel Tower, the Acropolis, London Bridge — are reflected in the glossy surface of a 1960's Cadillac convertible, the ultimate symbol of the "golden age" of American consumerism....

 

Alien Philosophy

LoVid

2011, 5:15 min, color, sound

In what the artists term a "video collage noise composition," LoVid uses paper cut stencils and raw electrical signals to produce a stunning strobe-like audiovisual effect. In line with much of their video and performance work, Alien Philosophy investigates the tension between organic and...

 

Alive!Artist!Model!Pleasure!

Cheryl Donegan

1998, 3:27 min, color, sound

 

All About a Girl

Cecelia Condit

2004, 5:25 min, color, sound

A deceptively charming psychological set-piece, All About a Girl depicts a young girl wrestling with her own imagination and fears. An ordinary game of "let's pretend" turns uncanny as, alone in the woods, she projects life, voice, and ultimately her own identity onto an unexpected surrogate in...

 

All Day and a Night

Alix Pearlstein

2005, 12 min, color, sound

In All Day and a Night, Pearlstein explores relationships among psychology, ritual and religion. This piece was filmed within an installation by Simon Foreman. An interior white cube bathed in intense bright light is viewed through a square window from an adjacent area. A 70's kitsch picture...

 

All Magic Sands (Chappaqua)

Andrew Lampert

1965/2011, 79:02 min, color, sound, 16 mm film on video

June 15-17, 1965. Ornette Coleman's trio featuring guest Pharaoh Sanders and a small string orchestra record the soundtrack for Conrad Rooks' in-progress feature film Chappaqua. Upon listening, Rooks recognizes the exquisiteness of Coleman's boisterous music, but believes it will overpower his...

 

All the Parts from Simon and Garfunkel's 1984 Central Park Performance Where Garfunkel Sings With His Hands in His Pockets

Cory Arcangel

2004, 6:33 min, color, sound

Arcangel brings a willfully lo-fi aesthetic to bear in manipulating a consumer video document of a twenty-year-old Simon and Garfunkel concert; his concerns lie as much with the event's reproduction and dissemination as with any of its supposedly original qualities. Investigating the social...

 

All Together Now

Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn

2008, 26:52 min, color, sound

Recalling recent urban horror films such as 28 Days Later or Cloverfield, All Together Now is a tale of survival in a devastated but familiar world. Feral tribes are the only inhabitants left in a decimated Los Angeles, sustaining themselves on the debris of an annihilated culture. A sense of...

 

All Wrongs Reversed ©1982

JODI

2004, 45 min, color and b&w, sound

Mike Connor of the FACT Centre in Liverpool writes: "This piece is a Screen Grab tutorial of how to make simple computer graphics using the BASIC programming language. This continues JODI's work for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum computer... You can follow along with JODI as they programme the ZX...

 

Allan 'n' Allen's Complaint

Nam June Paik and Shigeko Kubota

1982, 28:33 min, color, sound

 

Allegory of Oblivion

Ken Feingold

1981, 168:30 min, color, silent

 

ALLoT (A Long List of Things)

John Sanborn

2014, 90:00 min, color, sound

High school is where life starts to get serious. You are becoming the person you were meant to be, and you dream about what you will do. Forty years later -- almost a lifetime -- what happened? Did things work out the way you imagined? Are you where you want to be? And after all that time --...

 

Almost Like a Dance

Doug Hall and Jules Backus. 

1984, 4:25 min, color, sound

 

Alphaville e outros

Antonio Muntadas 

2011, 9:18 min, color, sound, HD video, French and Portuguese with English subtitles

"Alphaville," a gated residential neighborhood in Sao Paolo, is the primary site of Muntadas' Alphaville e outros, which examines the phenomenon of "gated communities," and how fear and a search for exclusivity lead to urban isolation and exclusion. The work takes as its reference the 1965 film A...

 

Als der Bruder meiner Mutter geboren wurde, duftete es nach wilden Birnenblüten vor dem braungebrannten Sims

Pipilotti Rist

1992, 3:55 min, color, sound

Rist's well-developed technique of mixing the personal, the pop and the mass cultural are distilled in this short work. Against a backdrop of tranquil Swiss alpine scenes, a small window presents a graphic record of human birth. This sequence, unsentimentally depicting what has historically...

 

Altered To Suit

Lawrence Weiner

1979, 23 min, b&w, sound, 16 mm film on video

"The mise-en-scene, the whole story, takes place in one location, the artist's studio. A delicate psychological allegory on 'a day in the life of' anchors the displacement of (filmic) reality and the alienation of the (players) self. Devices such as incongruity between the image and the...

 

Am I From Brooklyn?

Andrew Lampert

2010, 25 min, color, sound

Premiered as a live performance at The Poetry Project in 2010, Am I From Brooklyn? betrays Lampert's interest in the spectacle of sentiment, especially at the mercy of consumer technology. Using the now obsolete but once popular home-movie format super-8 film, Lampert runs through a sequence...

 

Ama l'Uomo Tuo (Always Love Your Man)

Cara DeVito

1975, 27 min, b&w, color, sound

 

Amassed

Seoungho Cho

2013, 8:55 min, color, sound, HD video

 

AMBIENT ALPHABET (c of meaning)

Peter Callas

1992, 5:15 min, color, sound

 

America At War

Ken Jacobs

2011, 31:35, color, sound

Ken Jacobs writes: "Innocent movie-goers never given a chance, captured...in 3D while other Americans invade, bomb and burn to protect our freedoms (to invade, bomb and burn). They are civilians, with bodies and thoughts far from war. Distance protects our serenity, our amiable enjoyments....

 

Americana I Ching Apple Pie

Carolee Schneemann

2007, 16:37 min, color, sound

Writes Schneemann: "The 'Americana I Ching Apple Pie' recipe was first enacted in my Belsize, London kitchen in 1972. Unfortunately, the original footage disappeared with the man doing the documentation who may have been working for the CIA. The next presentation was May '77, as a cooking event...

 

Amida

Daniel Reeves

1983, 8:30 min, color, sound

 

Amnesia

Beth B

1992, 1 min, color, sound

A chilling cautionary tale, Amnesia is a stark and uncompromising portrayal of the escalation of xenophobic sentiment in the current neo-conservative climate of both France and the U.S.

 

Amore Amore

Ursula Hodel

1999, 5:30 min, color, sound

 

Amphibian

Mary Lucier and Elizabeth Streb. 

1985, 10 min, color, sound

 

An I For An I

Lawrence Andrews 

1987, 18 min, color, sound

A work of often visceral power, An I For An I is a dynamic cultural statement on the internalization of racism and violence. Andrews assails the cause and effect of institutionalized and mass media exploitation, which he states is "directed at and produced by our culture, attacking the mind and...

 

An Impotent Metaphor

Bruce and Norman Yonemoto

1979, 42:54 min, color, sound

 

An Untitled Portrait

Cheryl Dunye

1993, 3:17 min, b&w and color, sound

 

Anaglyph Tom (Tom with Puffy Cheeks)

Ken Jacobs

2008, 108:22 min, anaglyph 3-D color, sound

WARNING: This work contains throbbing light. Should not be viewed by individuals with epilepsy or seizure disorders.

Writes Jacobs: "The real subject of ANAGLYPH TOM (Tom With Puffy Cheeks) is depth-perception itself. Our beloved performers from the 1905 Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son again...

 

Analogue

Seth Price

1999, 4:43 min, color, sound

 

Analogue Assemblage

Nam June Paik

2000, 2:08 min, color, sound

Drawing from Paik's earliest experiments with video synthesizers, Analogue Assemblage employs current technology to create a multilayered montage that references both the old and the new. The eerie 1969 electronic score floats over ghostly image processing; the result is a paean to the way...

 

Anarchive 2: Digital Snow

Michael Snow

2002, DVD-ROM, color, sound

Digital Snow is a comprehensive DVD-ROM collection devoted to the works of experimental filmmaker/artist Michael Snow. A virtual encyclopedia of Snow's works, Digital Snow features original interviews, video excerpts, musical extracts, rare documentaries and records for over 700 of his works....

 

Andros

Charlemagne Palestine

1975-76, 57:13 min, b&w, sound

 

Andy Warhol's Last Love

Squat Theatre 

1978-81, 60 min, b&w and color, sound

How did Andy Warhol meet Ulrike Meinhof? By Chance. Ulrike Meinhof is one of the legends of our age. Her personality is just as tragically failing as Warhol's. Completely his opposite, she turned politics into tragic poetry; she had to meet Andy Warhol, who turned exhausted art into daily food....

 

Andy's House of Gary

George Kuchar

1993, 14 min, color, sound

 

Angel's Gate

Bill Viola

1989, 4:50 min, color, sound

 

Anger

Maxi Cohen

1986, 20 min, color, sound

 

Annie Lloyd

Cecelia Condit

2008, 17:15 min, color, sound

Writes Condit: "Annie Lloyd is a daughter's complex and poetic documentation of the last four years of her mother's life and a portrayal of the creativity and wisdom of old age."

 

Annotated Plans for an Evacuation

Alex Hubbard

2009, 5:46 min, color, sound

 

Announcement

Alex Hubbard

2007, 2:35 min

 

Another Occupation

Ken Jacobs

2010-11, 15:45 min, color, sound, HD video

 

Another Worldy

Leslie Thornton

1999, 22 min, b&w, sound

Pairing dated East German techno music with early twentieth-century film reels of cabaret lines and vaudevillean dance productions, Another Worldy forces the viewer to question categories of "old" and "new," "good" and "bad."

 

Ant Farm's Dirty Dishes

Ant Farm 

1971-2003, 8:30 min, b&w, sound

Ant Farm's Dirty Dishes is a freewheeling portapak time capsule that captures the collective spirit of Ant Farm's life and work in California in the early 1970s. The original half-inch open reel tape was also the first work to be indexed in EAI's video collection, and holds the number "001" in...

 

Antarctica

Kit Fitzgerald and John Sanborn, David Van Tieghem

1982, 19:02 min, color, sound

 

Ante Bozanich: Selected Works

Ante Bozanich

1974-80, 31:05 min, b&w and color, sound

 

Anthem

Bill Viola

1983, 11:30 min, color, sound

 

Antic Meet

Merce Cunningham

1964, 40 min, b&w, sound, 16 mm film on video

 

Antiques of Advertising

Alexander Kluge

1988, 15 min, b&w and color, sound, German with English subtitles.

 

Apple Eaters

Anne Tardos 

1971-2004, 17:13 min, b&w, sound

This work is a single-channel version of the 1971 five-monitor piece Apple Eaters, which was shown at The Kitchen (then known as the Mercer Arts Center) in 1972. Tardos asked artists and other friends to "pose" for her while eating an apple. (In a later project, she invited other artists to eat...

 

Applications

Vito Acconci 

1970, 19:32 min, color, silent, Super 8mm film on video

A woman kisses Acconci's body, covering him in red lipstick traces. Acconci then rubs his body against another man (Dennis Oppenheim), transferring the stains onto him.

 

Apposites Ottract

Michael Bell-Smith and Karthik Pandian 

2005, 3:01 min, color, sound

Bell-Smith and Pandian's re-edit of a 1989 Paula Abdul music video was created from a lo-res Web video, creating a look that references YouTube hobbyist remixing and fan edits. In their version, one line of the song - "I like to smoke" - is seamlessly substituted for other lyrics, turning the...

 

April 2nd

Shelly Silver

1994, 8:30 min, color, sound

 

April is the Cruelest Month

Shigeko Kubota

1999, 52 min, color, sound

With April is the Cruelest Month, Kubota continues her ongoing video diary project. Here she reflects on her relationship with her husband Nam June Paik. While the prior installment, Sexual Healing, focused on Paik's recovery from an illness, this chapter is a tender tribute. Kubota...

 

Arabesque

Mary Lucier

2004, 6:57 min, color, sound

Writes Laurel Reuter, Director, North Dakota Museum of Art: "[Arabesque] explodes into dance, the dance of the bucking horse, the bull, the clown, the rodeo rider. This is the resplendent West, but Lucier undermines its glory with loss. Brilliantly, the artist sets her choreography to George...

 

Are We All Here?

Shelly Silver

1985, 50 min, color, sound

 

Arena

Alix Pearlstein

2004, 17:15 min, color, sound

Arena was presented both as a live performance for an invited audience, and as a video shoot on two consecutive weekends at Salon 94 in New York. This took place one month before the presidential election and concurrent with the main debates. Its theme and structure echo these events. Three...

 

ARISE! Walk Dog Eat Donut

Ken Kobland

1999, 29:35 min, color and b&w, sound

"Footage shot from the New York IRT and the Berlin S-Bahn are shifted and shuffled, interpenetrating in space and time with enthralling dexterity, leaving us adrift between the familiar and the strange, while personal diary entries, a Russian ballad and dubbed dialogue from 8 1/2 are...

 

Arms Are Overrated

Stanya Kahn

2012, 11:35 min, color, sound, HD video

Equal parts persevering and fragile, two puppets with no arms, no legs, and no moving parts are pitted against an insurmountable obstacle: they are just crumpled pieces of paper, and subject to imminent disintegration at the whims of water, fire, wind—even the very beer they attempt to drink....

 

Around & About

Gary Hill

1980, 5 min, color, sound

 

Around the Park

William Wegman

2007, 7:26 min, color, sound

Around the Park was a public art project commissioned by the Madison Square Park Conservency in New York in autumn 2007. The video, which stars Wegman's canine cast enjoying a fall day in the park, was presented on four outdoor monitors near Madison Square Park's food kiosk.

 

Art Disaster

John Baldessari 

1971, 32:40 min, b&w, sound

 

Art in the Public Eye: The Making of Dark Star Park

Nancy Holt

1988, 33 min, color, sound

 

Art is Easy

Theo Eshetu 

1997, 23:25 min, color, sound

Theo Eshetu records a 1989 Fluxus event in Paris. Shooting with handheld video in a style that is alternately disorienting and investigative, Eshetu captures the performances, which include Charlotte Moorman dunking herself into a barrel of water between cello movements and Yoko Ono smashing a...

 

Art Make-Up

Bruce Nauman

1967-68, 40 min, color, sound, 16 mm film on video

 

Art of Memory

Woody Vasulka

1987, 36 min, color, sound

 

Art Tape: Live With / Think About

Michael Bell-Smith

2011, 3:12 min, color, sound, HD video

A playful commentary on art and representation, Art Tape: Live With/Think About, like much of Bell-Smith's work, incorporates content from popular television shows and movies, in this case Law & Order and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Bell-Smith combines this material with his own digital animation...

 

ART THOUGHTZ with Hennessy Youngman: Beuys-Z

Jayson Scott Musson

2011, 5:11 min, color, sound, HD video

 

ART THOUGHTZ with Hennessy Youngman: Bruce Nauman

Jayson Scott Musson

2010, 3:45 min, color, sound, HD video

 

ART THOUGHTZ with Hennessy Youngman: Curators

Jayson Scott Musson

2010, 4:42 min, color, sound, HD video

 

ART THOUGHTZ with Hennessy Youngman: Damien Hirst

Jayson Scott Musson

2012, 3:37 min, color, sound, HD video

 

ART THOUGHTZ with Hennessy Youngman: Grad School

Jayson Scott Musson

2012, 3:49 min, color, sound, HD video

 

ART THOUGHTZ with Hennessy Youngman: How to Be a Successful Black Artist

Jayson Scott Musson

2010, 8:42 min, color, sound, HD video

 

ART THOUGHTZ with Hennessy Youngman: How to Make an Art.

Jayson Scott Musson

2011, 3:33 min, color, sound, HD video

 

ART THOUGHTZ with Hennessy Youngman: Institutional Critique

Jayson Scott Musson

2011, 6:50 min, color, sound, HD video

 

ART THOUGHTZ with Hennessy Youngman: On Beauty

Jayson Scott Musson

2011, 5:11 min, color, sound, HD video

 

ART THOUGHTZ with Hennessy Youngman: Relational Aesthetics

Jayson Scott Musson

2011, 5:27 min, color, sound, HD video

 

ART THOUGHTZ with Hennessy Youngman: The Studio Visit

Jayson Scott Musson

2012, 5:54 min, color, sound, HD video

 

Art-On-Parade

Skip Blumberg

1985, 24:45 min, color, sound

 

Artifacts

Woody Vasulka

1980, 21:20 min, b&w and color, sound

 

Artificial Illuminations

Dan Asher

1997, 10:14 min, color, sound

 

Artists + Models

Cheryl Donegan

1998, 4:43 min, b&w, sound

 

Artists in Residence

George Kuchar

1991, 13:47 min, color, sound

 

As Da Art World Might Turn (the series) (Season 1) Episodes 1-6

Kalup Linzy

2013, 29:04 min, color, sound

 

As if Memories Could Deceive Me

Marcel Odenbach

1986, 17:29 min, b&w and color, sound

 

As Is:

Edin Velez

1984, 11:28 min, color, sound

 

As Long As You're Up

Raindance

1971, 22:44 min, b&w, sound

 

As Seen On TV

Charles Atlas in collaboration with Bill Irwin 

1988, 24:39 min, color, sound

In As Seen On TV, "new vaudevillian" performance artist Bill Irwin is the subject of a wryly comic performance narrative. Framed by the storyline of a parodic theatrical audition, Irwin plays a hapless Everyman who inadvertently becomes trapped inside a television set. Displaying an antic...

 

Asemie or the Inability of Expressing Oneself Through Facial Expressions

VALIE EXPORT

1973, 7:10 min, b&w, sound

This work documents a ritualistic performance concerned with "Ansemia," or the inability to either express or understand gesture. Using symbolic materials — hot wax, a knife, a dead bird — as well as text, Export investigates human expression, and how communication can fail.

"I had used my...

 

Asian Studs Nightmare

Kip Fulbeck

1994, 6 min, color, sound

 

Ask the Goddess

Carolee Schneemann

1991, 7 min, color, sound

Ask the Goddess is a provocative performance in which Schneemann interacts with the audience by responding to sexual and psychic dilemmas read from cards they have submitted. A continuous relay of projected slides comprises an iconography of Goddess symbols, taboo and sacred, including images...

 

Aspects of a New Consciousness, Dialogue III

Camera Three

1969, 30 min, color, sound

 

Assemblage

Merce Cunningham, Richard Moore

1968, 58:03 min, color, sound, 16 mm film on video

Assemblage is a recently rediscovered lost film featuring Merce Cunningham and his early dance company: Carolyn Brown, Sandra Neels, Valda Setterfield, Meg Harper, Susana Hayman-Chaffey, Jeff Slayton, Chase Robinson, and Mel Wong. A collaboration with director and former dancer Richard Moore, A...

 

Association Area

Vito Acconci 

1971, 62 min, b&w, sound

This early performance tape is an example of what Acconci has termed his "quasi-ESP exercises," in which he explores mental concentration and intuition as a means of non-visual and non-verbal perception, interaction and communication. Blindfolded and wearing earplugs, Acconci and another man...

 

Asylum (A Romance)

Mary Lucier

1986, 11:48 min, color, sound

 

At Maple Tree Farm and Beyond/ Explorations in the Videospace

David Cort and the Videofreex. 

1972-75, 60 min, b&w and color, sound

In these two works, Cort merges video theater, early imaging technology and interactivity. In At Maple Tree Farm and Beyond, he employs the Video Art Transposer to transform images during the recording process, manipulating staged events in a real-time, interactive electronic theater....

 

At the Shoe Shine Stand

Jayson Scott Musson

2010, 2:42 min, color, sound, HD video

In this piece, what appears to be the set-up for a simple dramatized joke is revealed to be a multi-faceted depiction of racial identity in America, in keeping with other performance, painting, and writing projects by Musson that track the assimilation of African-Americans and the shifting...

 

Attention, Focus, and Motion

Mary Lucier

1975, 26 min, b&w, sound

 

Augenzeugen

Klaus vom Bruch

1993, 6:27 min, color, sound

Vom Bruch describes Augenzeugen (Eyewitness), subtitled Behind the Doors of the Haus der Kunst, as a series of "philosophical speculations" on the famous Third Reich propaganda building in Munich, which opened in 1937 to serve as the official German art museum. In his video, archival footage of...

 

Auto-Olympia

Branda Miller

1984, 26:10 min, color, sound

 

Autumn Into Winter

Andrew Lampert

2006, 6:25 min, color, sound

 

Awakening from the 20th Century

Chip Lord

1999, 35 min, color, sound

Awakening from the 20th Century contends with the collision between the actual and the virtual in the city of San Francisco. "Is life becoming virtual?" Lord asks. "Are we witnessing the end of the City? Will the computer replace the automobile?" These questions are taken up by six prominent...

 

AWGTHTGTWTA

Tony Oursler

2008, 6:22 min, color, sound

AWGTHTGTWTA (Are We Going to Have to Go Through with This Again?) is one of a recent series of single-channel video works in which Oursler explores the idea of the "chorus." Here Oursler asked high school and middle school students in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, many of whom are recent...

 

Azimut

Klaus vom Bruch

1985, 7:02 min, color, sound