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A Bit Of Matter And A Little Bit More

Lawrence Weiner

1976, 23 min, color, sound

"The male/female, subject/object investigation in A Bit of Matter and a Little Bit More does not have any titillating episodes leading up to it. The appetite is not whetted beforehand. Hardcore, the opening shot shows the crotch area of two bodies, male and female, engaged in coitus. The ca ...


A budding gourmet

Martha Rosler

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

In A Budding Gourmet, Rosler explores the ideological processes through which food preparation comes to be seen as "cuisine," a product of national culture. Accompanied by the strains of a violin concerto, Rosler's deadpan narrator explains her reasons for wanting to become a gourmet. Photog ...


A Conversation

Joseph Beuys, Douglas Davis, and Nam June Paik 

1974, 34 min, b&w, sound

This historical tape, restored through EAI's Preservation Program, documents a conversation among artists Joseph Beuys, Douglas Davis and Nam June Paik at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York in 1974. During the discussion, they introduce the theme of the potential for artists' use of satellite tech ...


A Conversation with Robert Longo

Shalom Gorewitz in collaboration with Barry Blinderman. 

1984, 11:17 min, color, sound

Robert Longo, one of the most prominent of the 1980's postmodern "picture artists," discusses his work and influences in this interview with Gorewitz and Barry Blinderman. An articulate subject, Longo discusses his interest in appropriating cinematic images and form, a strategy reflected in his larg ...


A Day at Copacabana Beach

Ira Schneider

1988, 12:14 min, color, sound


A Europa em 5 Minutos (Europe in Five Minutes)

Eder Santos

1986, 13:57 min, color, sound

This fragmented documentary/fiction uses a tourist's travel recordings to illuminate what Santos terms the "domestic language" of Super-8 film and the politics of cultural documentation. Super-8 footage shot and narrated by a 78-year-old Brazilian tourist — shaky scenes of Paris, Rome and Lond ...


A Family Finds Entertainment

Ryan Trecartin

2004, 42 min, color, sound

Trecartin hurtles the viewer into a narrative universe dominated by the fleeting logic of text messaging, MySpace, pop music, and disposable culture. He takes the clichéd gay coming-out story and processes it and reprocesses it until it is almost unrecognizable. Trecartin stars as Skippy, a colorful and troubled teenager with a secret. After a failed suicide attempt, his parents catch him with a boy in his room, he is hit by a car, his friends throw a party, and he rises from the dead in time for fireworks.


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 super-8 film, documenting scenes that embodied the violence of city life. A central image is that of a child exploited as a fire-breathing street performer, which resonates in the title of the film and Wojnarowicz's own experience hustling on the streets at a young age. He later staged scenes in his New York City apartment to combine with this footage, collecting dreamlike images to illustrate thematic sections he outlined in a cutting script. Among these images is a dancing, gun-wielding marionette, coins dropping into a plate of blood, vibrantly colored loteria cards, and the now iconic self-portrait of the artist with his lips sewn shut. A Fire in My Belly was never completed. What currently circulates and is preserved in the Fales Library Collection of NYU is a 13-minute version entitled A Fire in My Belly, A Work in Progress, and a 7-minute excerpt that possibly represents a chapter planned for the finished version.


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 shot in video and then kinescoped to 16 mm film, [it] has acquired a poetic, soft look. The dialogue consists entirely of the work as it is spoken and read, built, enacted, written and painted by the players. As the scenarios build, they appear as tropes, one after another."


A Jar Full of Jam

Tony Labat

1988, 39:35 min, color, sound

Based on a play about sexual difference by fifteen-year-old Ella Tideman, A Jar Full of Jam is performed entirely by a cast of teenage males. Structuring the work on two levels — a rehearsal and a document of the rehearsal — Labat refigures the role of the viewer and deconstructs ...


A Loft

Ken Jacobs

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

In A Loft, Jacobs applies exacting digital techniques to footage of his New York City working and living space. The loft, crowded with books and film equipment, is rendered in vivid digital colors, inverted, and broken into planes that flatten the space, while Jacobs' signature stroboscopic effects give the illusion of three-dimensionality. The result is a deconstruction of his most personal physical space and an intensification of its psychological dimensions.


A Man's Woman

Laura Kipnis

1988, 52 min, color, sound

Kipnis has constructed a video essay that asserts an effective social critique through pseudo-documentary and narrative devices. Clovis Kingsley, powerful, pro-family, anti-feminist ideologue, author of The Power of Total Submission — and a woman who has traveled the country insisting t ...


A Media Primer (Revised)

Ira Schneider

1970-2003, 19:16 min, b&w, sound

In 2003, Schneider re-edited his 1970 video Media Primer. Originally produced while Schneider was a part of Raindance, the 1970s media collective he co-founded with Paul Ryan and Michael Shamberg, the Media Primer juxtaposes television commercials, news footage, and Portapak documentation of countercultural events such as the Altamont rock concert.


A Mosaic for the Kali Yuga

Daniel Reeves

1986, 5:05 min, color, sound

In A Mosaic for the Kali Yuga, a relentlessly accelerating repetition of media fragments laid out in building-block succession depicts technological society gone critical mass — succinctly realizing its epilogue, the Vishnu Parnan's prophecy foretelling the contemporary confusion of inn ...


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.


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

Martha Rosler

1983, 63:03 min, color, sound

Rosler identifies the totalitarian implications of an argument for torture under certain circumstances, as it appears in the editorial pages of Newsweek magazine. Her critique is formulated through voiceover narration and an on-camera collection of print media — articles on subjects ran ...


A So Desu Ka


1994, 9:40 min, color, sound

In this piece, Steina, a pioneer of electronic signal manipulation, applies digital technology to alter our sense of video space and time. Through computer effects, a montage of seemingly arbitrary shots of Japanese religious sites and natural settings becomes a hypnotic vortex. Speech and text are ...


A Sweeter Music

John Sanborn

2013, 74 min, color, sound

Writes John Sanborn, "Sarah Cahill conceived of A Sweeter Music (borrowing a phrase from Dr. King?s Nobel Prize acceptance speech) as an artistic response to the Gulf War. In 2009, Cahill commissioned 18 composers to write on the subject of peace, and she received a diverse collection of refl ...


A Tale of Love

Gusztáv Hámos and Astrid Heibach. 

1988, 6:48 min, color, sound

Hámos and German artist Astrid Heibach collaborated on this lyrical work, the text of which is based on a dialogue from Plato's Symposium. The erotic, the philosophical and the ironic are seamlessly interwoven in this interpretive visualization of a dialogue on the nature of love and eros. Th ...


A Tale of Two Cities

Nam June Paik and Paul Garrin 

1992, 1 min, color, sound

Television on speed, Nam June Paik'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 John Cage is Paik's homage to avant-garde composer John Cage. A major figure in contemporary art and music, Cage was one of the primary influences on Paik's work, as well as his friend and frequent collaborator. In this multifaceted po ...


A Tribute to Nam June Paik

Kit Fitzgerald and John Sanborn

1982, 27:58 min, color, sound

With irreverent good humor, this affectionate homage to artist Nam June Paik uses Paik's own rapid-fire editing and dizzying collage techniques to evoke his wide-ranging influence in video and contemporary art. Excerpts from Paik's tapes and installations ...


A Voyage of Growth and Discovery

Mike Kelley, Michael Smith

2010, 86:34 min, color, sound

Mike Kelley and Michael Smith's feature-length video A Voyage of Growth and Discovery follows the existential journey of Baby IKKI over several days at Burning Man, a festival of "radical self-expression," famous for its presentations of large-scale displays of fire, held in the remote Blac ...


A Weekend at The Beach, with Jean-Luc Godard

Ira Schneider

1979, 8:06 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 American consumerist spectacle. Arriving in Hollywood independently for periods in the 1930s and 40s, Eisenstein and Brecht worked on screenplays and treatments for studio films that were never developed, leaving behind notes and fragments for unrealized projects that Beloff uses as points of departure for her own creative and critical engagement.


About Media

Anthony Ramos

1977, 25 min, color, sound

Ramos' astute deconstruction of television news focuses on the media coverage of President Jimmy Carter's 1977 declaration of amnesty for Vietnam War draft resisters, and his personal involvement with the issue. Ramos, who had served an eighteen-month prison sentence for draft resistence, was interv ...


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 suggests the senselessness of manufacture and machinery, and the maddening frustration of the need for balance.


Absence is Present: Dead Nature in the Dark

Phyllis Baldino 

2010, 2:36 min, color, silent

In this silent work, Baldino surreptitiously films André Derain's painting Nature Morte sur fond noir in the Musée d'Art Moderne in Troyes, France. She writes, "As a result of open-heart surgery last year, I currently have a blind spot near the center of my vision....Normally I do not create work that is explicitly related to my personal life, but this new series is about perception more than anything else."


Absence is Present: gone on gone (1)

Phyllis Baldino 

2010, 2:02 min, color, silent

Gone on gone (1) was shot in Marnay-sur-Seine, France. 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 that is explicitly related to my personal life, but this new series is about perception more than anything else."


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 this new series is about perception....This piece was shot at the Botanical Gardens in Marnay-sur-Seine, France. I used my low tech Harinezumi 2 digital video camera."



Kristin Lucas

1997-98, 5 min, color, sound

Writes Lucas: "This video carries the tension of an audition or screen test. I am called onstage for a test drive around a virtual race course, a metaphor for the information superhighway. My intention for this video is to investigate the term 'action' as it applies to the contemporary lifestyle."




1971, 13 min, b&w, sound

"Actions" is one of more than a dozen newly restored works by Muntadas, including early media interventions and works produced for television that were recently made available.


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 invites artists from European countries to work in—and create works about—the city. Açik Radyo is an alternative, independent radio station that broadcasts throughout the metropolitan area of Istanbul.


Ad Vice

Tony Cokes

1999, 6:36 min, color, sound

Working with both video and music forms as a member of, respectively, the art collective X-PRZ and the band SWIPE, Cokes employs appropriation and re-presentation in his art. In Ad Vice his source material includes advertising slogans, rock lyrics, and music videos. Cokes offers one phrase a ...


Adelic Penguins

Kit Fitzgerald and Paul Garrin. 

1986, 32:39 min, color, sound

Originally commissioned by the Sony Corporation of Japan and performed live on the JumboTRON, a fourteen-story TV set at the Expo in Tsukuba, Japan, Adelic Penguins is a collaboration between Fitzgerald, artist Paul Garrin, and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto (who also appears as a performer). Stru ...


Adjunct Dislocations II


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

Adjunct Dislocations II documents a technically inventive performance. VALIE EXPORT moves along a track with two closed-circuit cameras that are facing different directions and are focused upon patterned screens. Her action creates changing linear shapes on monitor banks within the space.




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

TVTV turns its critical eye to the world of advertising in Adland, subtitled Where Commercials Come From. Focusing on the reality behind the image, and specifically on the strategies of Madison Avenue, they interview prominent 1970s admen such as George Lois and Jerry Della Femina. The ...


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 at the University of Iowa Museum of Art, an art school secretary, and strangers on the street.



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, lushly beautiful scenarios function as double-edged critical tools, inhabiting the discourse that they critique.



Burt Barr 

1990, 32:14 min, color, sound

Working at night, under the glare of automobile headlights, a man scours and restores the facade of a building in New York's Soho district. With this visual metaphor, Barr opens Aeros, a look at the evolution of Trisha Brown's dance work Astral Convertible. Choreographed by Brown, with ...


After Montgolfier

Davidson Gigliotti

1979, 10:35 min, color, sound

This elegant study in abstraction and landscape from an aerial perspective takes its title from the Montgolfiers, the 18th-century French scientists who popularized balloon travel. Documenting an exhilarating ride in a hot-air balloon over Minnesota farmlands and cityscapes, Gigliotti's study of abs ...



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, and 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


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 inorganic with visual patterns reminiscent of abstracted eyes and bodies. The piece also questions the meanings of analogue and DIY and the potential for "interference" between media (video and cut paper), exposing the labor of alteration—another layer of interference—and the complicity of destruction in the act of creation.



Cheryl Donegan

1998, 3:27 min, color, sound

In Alive! Artist! Model! Pleasure!, Donegan calls into question the institutional armature that surrounds a work of art, and investigates boundaries between "high" and "low" culture. In a nondescript suburban bedroom, a woman watching late-night television catches Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin ...


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 a doll's dress.


All Day and a Night

Alix Pearlstein

2005, 12 min, color, sound

Pearlstein explores relationships among psychology, ritual and religion. The piece was filmed within an installation by Simon Foreman. An interior white cube bathed in intense light is viewed through a square window; a 70's kitsch picture depicting Christ hangs discretely on the back wall of the ancillary space. Pearlstein takes up Foreman's consideration of the relationship between Christianity and modernism, while also instigating interactions between psychology and the search for alternative consciousness, ritual and religion.


All Magic Sands (Chappaqua)

Andrew Lampert

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

All Magic Sands/Chappaqua (2011) synchronizes reels from an unfinished film (a Christian children's adventure feature) with a rejected soundtrack by Ornette Coleman, both of which were originally created within a month of each other. Lampert acquired all the known camera footage for the film and assembled the intact reels into a sequence that is nearly the exact same length as Coleman's classic score. A darkly funny and deeply strange chance discovery, this unexpected pairing of exact opposites makes for strangely ideal company.


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 production of celebrity and its representations, Arcangel touches on issues of bootlegging, amateurism, and a culture in which participation can border on obsession.


All Together Now

Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn

2008, 26:52 min, color, sound

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 fresh disaster is evoked through disturbing details: cars abandoned in the middle of the street, yards strewn with kitten and bird carcasses, and buzzards circling over darkened skyscrapers.


All Wrongs Reversed ©1982


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

"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 Spectrum in real time..." The resulting conceptual piece unfolds as a witty performative rendering of graphics and text that highlight the abstract poetics of this early computer language.


Allan 'n' Allen's Complaint

Nam June Paik and Shigeko Kubota

1982, 28:33 min, color, sound

In Allan 'n' Allen's Complaint, the influence of Jewish fathers on their sons and the complexity of familial relationships are explored in a witty, poignant portrait of two artists. Beat poet Allen Ginsberg (whose father Louis was a poet in his own right) and performance artist/sculptor Allan ...


Allegory of Oblivion

Ken Feingold

1981, 168:30 min, color, silent

Uncovering the "hidden text" of network news footage, Allegory of Oblivion is a dark deconstruction of television's subliminal power. Feingold recorded the news on a nightly basis from November 1980 to May 1981. The resulting visual sequences, arranged chronologically and separated by a solid ...


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 -- who are you? How are you doing in the performance of your life? Filmmaker John Sanborn made discoveries by attending his 40th high school reunion with a film crew to interview former classmates, find answers to those questions, and gain a measure of closure. The result is a highly personal video memoir that blends interviews with contemplations and meditations on the unpredictable challenges and life-altering transformations fifteen graduates from Walt Whitman High School faced in the years before they all met again. And to show us, ultimately, that life is a long list of things.


Almost Like a Dance

Doug Hall and Jules Backus. 

1984, 4:25 min, color, sound

In what Hall has termed the "world's shortest documentary," Almost Like a Dance captures the power of Olympic weightlifter Mario Martinez as he lifts 404.5 lbs. With subtle wit, Hall monumentalizes a small moment. Utilizing slow motion and varying camera angles, Hall simultaneously parodies t ...


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 for Muntadas' examination of the phenomenon of "gated communities," and how fear and a search for exclusivity lead to urban isolation and exclusion. Referencing the 1965 film Alphaville by Jean-Luc Godard, a dystopian sci-fi vision of a totalitarian, urban future, Muntadas presents an architecture of space based on the rhetoric and mechanisms of fear and control. Scenes from Godard's film are juxtaposed with promotions for the gated neighborhood, digital animations, security camera footage, and images of fences, pools, tennis courts and gardens.


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 techniques of the personal, the pop and the mass cultural are distilled in this work. Against a backdrop of tranquil Swiss Alpine scenes, a small window presents a graphic record of human birth. This visual confrontation, unsentimentally depicting an event that has historically symbolized female difference and power, insistently draws attention from the contemplative natural views beyond.


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 soundtrack, odd camera angles, and plays on objective focus are integral and explicit components of the narrative... It is shot in black and white with very sensual, very seductive photography." - Alice Weiner


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 of scenes from a life imagined had he grown up in three different ethnic neighborhoods in Brooklyn (as opposed to his hometown St. Louis).


Ama l'Uomo Tuo (Always Love Your Man)

Cara DeVito

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

This classic documentary is both character study and social commentary — a portrait of DeVito's grandmother, Adeline LeJudas, and a telling critique of a patriarchal society. Interviewed by DeVito in her Brooklyn home, Adeline recounts the violence she suffered at her abusive husband's hands, ...



Seoungho Cho

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

Amassed is a focused architectural study that evolves into a kaleidoscopic collage. Cho animates and layers richly saturated video frames of interior architectural elements, creating and collapsing geometric forms. Constant camera movements produce a destabilized and abstracted orchestratio ...


AMBIENT ALPHABET (c of meaning)

Peter Callas

1992, 5:15 min, color, sound

Callas writes: "This tape takes the alphabet as its theme. By addressing the location or positioning of letters within the alphabet as 'enforced' (or predetermined) edits, it questions this given structure and at the same time attempts to exhume some of the possible sharmanic origins of the shape of ...


America At War

Ken Jacobs

2011, 31:35, color, sound

Ken Jacobs writes: "Innocent movie-goers never given a chance, 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. Innocent monsters? Perhaps."


Americana I Ching Apple Pie

Carolee Schneemann

2007, 16:37 min, color, sound

"The 'Americana I Ching Apple Pie' recipe was first enacted in my Belsize, London kitchen in 1972... With the exception of a dozen apples, flour, maple syrup, and eggs which I brought, all the cooking 'material,' utensils, and props were discovered in the jumble. Objects which functionally approximated actual cooking utensils were used: nails, hammers, an arrow, a flower pot, ball bearings, rags, a watering can. The cook's apron was a ripped mini skirt with which I covered my hair...."



Daniel Reeves

1983, 8:30 min, color, sound

Arriving at its epilogue text through elegantly precise visualizations, Amida initiates Reeves' formal poetic strategies. A quote from Tozan that concludes the tape announces Reeves' concept of visual poetry: "It is difficult to hear with the ears; but when we hear it with the eyes, then we k ...



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

Embraced by a fuschia boa and the Donizetti aria, Hodel looks at her image in a gold mirror. The object of her longing, revealed in short intercut frames, is a masculine silhouette gazing out to sea.



Mary Lucier and Elizabeth Streb. 

1985, 10 min, color, sound

Amphibian was a collaborative video/dance performance by Lucier and choreographer Elizabeth Streb. In this unique fusion of dance and video, Streb performed on a raked platform between two large screens showing different sets of video images. Streb portrays a mythological creature in the proc ...


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 the body."


An Impotent Metaphor

Bruce and Norman Yonemoto

1979, 42:54 min, color, sound

The ironic themes and strategies of the Soap Opera Series continue in this postmodern tale of artistic and sexual crises in Southern California. Boredom and alienation, the banality of fantasies and reality, and the need for idealized romance afflict the cliche-driven characters that wander t ...


An Untitled Portrait

Cheryl Dunye

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

Dunye employs home movies, old film clips and her own spare visuals to sketch an oblique portrait of her older brother. The soundtrack, built around memory and anecdotes, grapples with the difficulties of portraiture while also revealing, almost as asides, pointed moments from Dunye's family history ...


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 encapsulate human absurdity for our amusement but this time in illusionary (and berserk) 3-D. Clowns and harlots and slumming gentry freely step forward and back through the screen surface, often misplacing heads and limbs as they change location."



Seth Price

1999, 4:43 min, color, sound

"Analogue was the first piece I made after I started working at EAI in the fall of '98. I made it in the office, after hours. I didn't have a studio so it was nice to work somewhere. I was living in a sketchy place. Once I was waiting for the super out front and this young family rolled up ...


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. An eerie electronic score from 1969 floats over ghostly processed images; the result is a paean to the way the future was.


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. In addition to the extensive DVD-ROM material, this collection includes two catalogs with introductory texts, an outline of the main principles in Snow's work, content summaries, instructions, and more. Text in English and French.



Charlemagne Palestine

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

Subtitled An Escapist Primer, Andros is the journey of a man who is desperately trying to escape from his internal world, his pain and ultimately himself. Shot entirely from a subjective point of view, this confrontational video journey begins with the man watching television in a dark room, ...


Andy Warhol's Last Love

Squat Theatre 

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

Performance Camera: Larry Solomon. 'An Imperial Message' camera: Michel Auder. Editor: Roughcut Studio. Music: Blondie, Kraftwerk. Appearance by Kathleen Kendel as the White Witch.


Andy's House of Gary

George Kuchar

1993, 14 min, color, sound

Writes Kuchar: "A youth and a geezer or two chew the fat about cosmic mysteries beyond the realm of scientific digestion."


Angel's Gate

Bill Viola

1989, 4:50 min, color, sound

Writes Viola: "A succession of individual images focusing on mortality, decay and disintegration, are delineated by long, slow fades to black. The image sequences — fruit falling from a tree, a candle being extinguished, a family having a flash photograph taken — appear as a series of op ...



Maxi Cohen

1986, 20 min, color, sound

Anger is a riveting portrait of an emotion. Commissioned by German television, this startling document is part of The Seven Deadly Sins, a work in which each "sin" was depicted by a female filmmaker. Cohen began by placing an advertisement in The Village Voice, asking, "Angry? W ...


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

Applying the formal manipulations of the plastic arts to moving-image tableaux, Hubbard creates witty and poignant compositions that toy with viewer expectations. Here his material is a used Ford Tempo, turned into a moving composition with the addition of humble artists' supplies, such as styrofoam ...



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 artists use the early portable camera as an interactive sketchbook. Writes Chip Lord: "It's an anthology of clips from the first year of living with a Portapak and it gives a fairly good representation of the way we lived in those days - collectively, loosely, improvisationally."



David Van Tieghem, Kit Fitzgerald and John Sanborn

1982, 19:02 min, color, sound

Fitzgerald and Sanborn began the Antarctica series to explore innovative collaborations with contemporary musicians. In Ear to the Ground, David Van Tieghem uses the city of Manhattan as his musical instrument, playing the surfaces of the sidewalks, buildings and phone booths with his ...


Ante Bozanich: Selected Works

Ante Bozanich

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

These early works are raw, often primal expressions of anguish and alienation. Bozanich directly confronts the viewer, using the immediacy and intimacy of video as a psychodramatic construct.

In the evocative Return, Bozanich stares into the camera as shifting light and layered glimpse ...



Bill Viola

1983, 11:30 min, color, sound

Anthem is a post-industrial lamentation, structured on the single piercing scream of a young girl as she stands in the vast chamber of Union Station in Los Angeles. Viola relates this structure to the form and function of religious chants, particularly Gregorian chants (using a harmonic scale ...


Antic Meet

Merce Cunningham

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

Performed like a series of vaudeville scenes that overlap, Antic Meet consists of ten playful and comedic numbers. The curtains opened with Cunningham moving among the other dancers as a clown-like figure "who falls in love with a society whose rules he doesn't know," and concludes much in ...


Antiques of Advertising

Alexander Kluge

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

Ads for defunct and foreign products are interspersed with newsreel and documentary footage. The result is a distanced view of the link between desire and commodities. For instance, footage of the Hitler youth with "S" shirts performing a swastika is overlaid with an ad for "Stabil." Products become ...


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, in which poet and composer Anne Tardos asked artists and other friends to "pose" for her while eating an apple. The result is a portrait of Tardos and her environment in the downtown New York art scene of the early 1970s. Among the "apple eaters" seen here are artists Charles Atlas, Gianfranco Mantegna, and Juan Downey.



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 rote rhetoric of the original pop song into an absurdist dialogue. By exploiting the song's structure, they not only call attention to that structure, but also question the cultural environment within which it was created.


April 2nd

Shelly Silver

1994, 8:30 min, color, sound

Silver casts her female gaze onto a series of anonymous male subjects that she follows through the streets of the Marais district in Paris. The resulting "surveillance narrative," which features the music of Jo Privat, is an observation of viewing, power, and privacy in a public space.


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, in a collage of documents including interviews, performances and installations, as well as footage of the couple in Miami Beach, where they spent their winter months.



Mary Lucier

2004, 6:57 min, color, sound

"...The work 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 Strait's Country Western song, I Can Still Make Cheyenne. The music and the images cascade back over themselves, folding, repositioning, repeating, alive with rapture...and, again, longing." (Laurel Reuter, Director, North Dakota Museum of Art)


Are We All Here?

Shelly Silver

1985, 50 min, color, sound

Writes Silver: "Jerry loves Jill, Jill loves John, John loves John, and so goes the story of Are We All Here?, a narrative video with a strange twist. Because inexplicably, at the least opportune moment, and accompanied by the ringing of a doorbell, Jill, Jerry and John change into each other ...



Alix Pearlstein

2004, 17:15 min, color, sound

Arena was presented both as a live performance and as a video shoot on two weekends at Salon 94 in New York, one month before the presidential election and concurrent with the debates. Its theme and structure echo these events. The video is a real-time mix of three camera points of view, serving both as a document and an independent piece. Exposing the mechanics of the live event and the fiction of the narrative,Arena examines the essential components of competition, hierarchies, and the dynamics of power.


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 rehearsed to conjure a sense of futility and impasse in the mundane rituals of daily life." — New York Video Festival, 1999.


Arms Are Overrated

Stanya Kahn

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

In Arms Are Overrated, existentialist questions are formalized in layers, in the play on puppetry as a representational form. Concerns incumbent to embodied life, things like desire, distress, rumination are restaged in a precarious phantom state where there is only the representation of a body, and the representation itself is not itself. Formal cinematic moves raise these barely-beings temporarily into "a world that matters." And these same cinematic tropes are also their undoing.


Around & About

Gary Hill

1980, 5 min, color, sound

A preface of sorts to Primarily Speaking, Around & About is a speech-driven image procession that self-consciously addresses the nature of a shared reality with the viewer. Around & About is an eloquently concrete conjunction of text and image, us ...


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

In this exercise in associative meaning and word/image conjoinment, Baldessari pins a sequence of photographs to a wall below the "headline" Art Disaster, which has been torn from a newspaper. While some of the photos are clear, others are illegible. The viewer reads the images in relati ...


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

Nancy Holt

1988, 33 min, color, sound

This piece documents the process behind the creation of Holt's major public art installation, Dark Star Park, in Arlington, Virginia. The park, which features giant concrete spheres and pipes, allows the visitor to reconsider the experience of space, earth and sky within an urban context. It also se ...


Art is Easy

Theo Eshetu 

1997, 23:25 min, color, sound

Theo Eshetu records a 1989 Fluxus event in Paris. Shooting with handheld video, Eshetu captures performances by Charlotte Moorman and Yoko Ono, among others. While sometimes wandering into abstraction, the up-close video technique allows a unique, fly-on-the-wall glimpse of a rare Fluxus performance event.


Art Make-Up

Bruce Nauman

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

In each of these four related films, the artist applies a successive layer of colored makeup (white, pink, green, and finally black) to his face and upper torso. While he masks himself literally, the title implies that in so doing he also creates himself, "makes himself up." Initially the films we ...


Art of Memory

Woody Vasulka

1987, 36 min, color, sound

Art of Memory is a major work, an original and mature articulation of Vasulka's inquiry into the meaning of recorded images. Constructing a haunted theater of memory from a spectacle of filmic and electronic images, Vasulka collapses and transforms collective memory and history in an enigmati ...


Art Tape: Live With / Think About

Michael Bell-Smith

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

A playful commentary on art and representation, here Bell-Smith incorporates content from popular music, television shows, and movies and combines it with animation and subtitles. The piece comments on video's place in the art world and its ability to encourage one to "think about" rather than "live with" its content. Bell-Smith appropriates images of video's predecessors to evaluate their expressive limits and produce new meaning through synthesis.


ART THOUGHTZ with Hennessy Youngman: Beuys-Z

Jayson Scott Musson

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

Art Thoughtz with Hennessy Youngman is an episodic, Internet-based talk show in which Musson performs in the guise of hip-hop "art critic" Hennessy Youngman. In a series of short, talking-head monologues, Youngman offers aspiring artists his irreverent views on the contemporary art world, f ...


ART THOUGHTZ with Hennessy Youngman: Bruce Nauman

Jayson Scott Musson

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

Art Thoughtz with Hennessy Youngman is an episodic, Internet-based talk show in which Musson performs in the guise of hip-hop "art critic" Hennessy Youngman. In a series of short, talking-head monologues, Youngman offers aspiring artists his irreverent views on the contemporary art world, f ...


ART THOUGHTZ with Hennessy Youngman: Curators

Jayson Scott Musson

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

Art Thoughtz with Hennessy Youngman is an episodic, Internet-based talk show in which Musson performs in the guise of hip-hop "art critic" Hennessy Youngman. In a series of short, talking-head monologues, Youngman offers aspiring artists his irreverent views on the contemporary art world, f ...


ART THOUGHTZ with Hennessy Youngman: Damien Hirst

Jayson Scott Musson

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

Art Thoughtz with Hennessy Youngman is an episodic, Internet-based talk show in which Musson performs in the guise of hip-hop "art critic" Hennessy Youngman. In a series of short, talking-head monologues, Youngman offers aspiring artists his irreverent views on the contemporary art world, f ...


ART THOUGHTZ with Hennessy Youngman: Grad School

Jayson Scott Musson

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

Art Thoughtz with Hennessy Youngman is an episodic, Internet-based talk show in which Musson performs in the guise of hip-hop "art critic" Hennessy Youngman. In a series of short, talking-head monologues, Youngman offers aspiring artists his irreverent views on the contemporary art world, f ...


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 is an episodic, Internet-based talk show in which Musson performs in the guise of hip-hop "art critic" Hennessy Youngman. In a series of short, talking-head monologues, Youngman offers aspiring artists his irreverent views on the contemporary art world, f ...


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 is an episodic, Internet-based talk show in which Musson performs in the guise of hip-hop "art critic" Hennessy Youngman. In a series of short, talking-head monologues, Youngman offers aspiring artists his irreverent views on the contemporary art world, f ...


ART THOUGHTZ with Hennessy Youngman: Institutional Critique

Jayson Scott Musson

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

Art Thoughtz with Hennessy Youngman is an episodic, Internet-based talk show in which Musson performs in the guise of hip-hop "art critic" Hennessy Youngman. In a series of short, talking-head monologues, Youngman offers aspiring artists his irreverent views on the contemporary art world, f ...


ART THOUGHTZ with Hennessy Youngman: On Beauty

Jayson Scott Musson

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

Art Thoughtz with Hennessy Youngman is an episodic, Internet-based talk show in which Musson performs in the guise of hip-hop "art critic" Hennessy Youngman. In a series of short, talking-head monologues, Youngman offers aspiring artists his irreverent views on the contemporary art world, f ...


ART THOUGHTZ with Hennessy Youngman: Relational Aesthetics

Jayson Scott Musson

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

Art Thoughtz with Hennessy Youngman is an episodic, Internet-based talk show in which Musson performs in the guise of hip-hop "art critic" Hennessy Youngman. In a series of short, talking-head monologues, Youngman offers aspiring artists his irreverent views on the contemporary art world, f ...


ART THOUGHTZ with Hennessy Youngman: The Studio Visit

Jayson Scott Musson

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

Art Thoughtz with Hennessy Youngman is an episodic, Internet-based talk show in which Musson performs in the guise of hip-hop "art critic" Hennessy Youngman. In a series of short, talking-head monologues, Youngman offers aspiring artists his irreverent views on the contemporary art world, f ...



Skip Blumberg

1985, 24:45 min, color, sound

The streets of Minneapolis are transformed into a carnival of unconventional performance, as Blumberg spiritedly captures five artists in "that verité experience — caught in the act of creating." A two hundred-foot balloon sculpture by Susan Keiser, sculptor Donald Lipski's one hundred can-kic ...



Woody Vasulka

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

Artifacts is a didactic demonstration of the syntax and vocabulary of the digital image, via the electronic capabilities of the Digital Image Articulator. Vasulka's intent is to create a dialogue, a symbiotic relationship between artist and machine. "By artifacts," he states, "I mean that I h ...


Artificial Illuminations

Dan Asher

1997, 10:14 min, color, sound

In Artificial Illuminations, Asher records patterns, shadows, and traces of ambient light; the embodiment of temporary lives.


Artists + Models

Cheryl Donegan

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

In this black and white performance tape, Donegan continues her ironic exploration of the process of making art. Working within the format of a music video, Donegan plays with notions of artist and model, subject and object, and the "painterly gesture."


Artists in Residence

George Kuchar

1991, 13:47 min, color, sound

Writes Kuchar: "A hellish tour of domestic interiors peopled with artisans who help to construct their own destruction."


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

Kalup Linzy

2013, 29:04 min, color, sound

Writing on his Huffington Post blog about the new episodes of his artworld soap opera series As Da Art World Might Turn, Linzy states, "The new version continues to center around Katonya, Big Feet Freddy, and Sholeva Sure's melodramatic journey through 'their' contemporary art world, but al ...


As if Memories Could Deceive Me

Marcel Odenbach

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

In As if Memories Could Deceive Me, a piano keyboard, symbol of German bourgeois tradition, is the metaphorical ground upon which Odenbach devises a dynamic associative discourse on the construction of personal and cultural identity. A haunted theater of collective and subjective memory is co ...


As Is:

Edin Velez

1984, 11:28 min, color, sound

As Is: is a mythical interpretation of New York City, from the grand theater of its urban architecture to its diverse ethnic heritage. Velez reshapes and layers the urban landscape, isolating gestures and rituals — the hand signals of traders on the New York Stock Exchange, coffee taste ...


As Long As You're Up


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


As Seen On TV

Charles Atlas in collaboration with Bill Irwin 

1988, 24:39 min, color, sound

"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. This narrative ploy allows Irwin and Atlas to demonstrate their respective skills at constructing an ironic and inventive forum for contemporary performance.


Asemie or the Inability of Expressing Oneself Through Facial Expressions


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.


Asian Studs Nightmare

Kip Fulbeck

1994, 6 min, color, sound

Asian Studs Nightmare examines the racial politics operating behind the hit U.S. television dating show "STUDS." Fulbeck narrates, recalling fictional nightmares of Asian male identity, over a multi-layered visual of footage from the actual "STUDS" show and examples of Asian male stereotypes. ...


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, as Schneemann reacts spontaneously to the questions.


Aspects of a New Consciousness, Dialogue III

Camera Three

1969, 30 min, color, sound

This historical document, produced in 1969 for the CBS television program Camera Three, records a fascinating conversation with the influential avant-garde composer John Cage. In a wide-ranging dialogue, Cage discusses aspects of his work, his aesthetic philosophies, his working processes, an ...



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, Assemblage features Cunningham dancing with his company in a public happening in San Francisco's Ghirardelli Square in November 1968. Cunningham's riveting performance--conceived from the beginning as a dance staged for the camera--is amplified by Moore's astonishing special effects and a soundtrack by John Cage, David Tudor and Gordon Mumma. Rediscovered after Cunningham's death, Assemblage was transferred from 16mm and colorized by artist and filmmaker Charles Atlas, himself a longtime collaborator of Cunningham's.


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.


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

Here Cort merges video theater, early imaging technology and interactivity. In At Maple Tree Farm and Beyond, he transforms images during the recording process, manipulating staged events in a real-time, interactive electronic theater. Explorations in the Videospace features two broadcast recordings of video participation environments.


At the Shoe Shine Stand

Jayson Scott Musson

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

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. A white everyman visits a shoe shine stand, not to have his shoes shined, but to have his face slathered in polish matching the skin tone of one of a selection of black celebrities, whose images are displayed on a placard menu that includes Oprah, Eddie Murphy, and President Obama, among others. The comedic skit, which references a history of racial stereotypes exploited for entertainment purposes stretching back to the minstrel shows of the 19th century, questions the status of race after the election of the nations' first black president.


Attention, Focus, and Motion

Mary Lucier

1975, 26 min, b&w, sound

Attention, Focus, and Motion is one of Lucier's earliest black and white experiments with video technology and natural phenomena. Introducing themes that resonate throughout her work, Lucier investigates the intersection of landscape, motion and vision.



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, opened in 1937 to serve as the official German art museum. The museum's double doors, seen in archival footage, open and close repeatedly upon a succession of what vom Bruch has termed "ironically charged images of passion and war": appropriated films of bomber jets, a goose-stepping cartoon cat, Hollywood starlets singing in close-up, the bombing of a European city.



Branda Miller

1984, 26:10 min, color, sound

Produced for the Olympic Committee in 1984, Auto-Olympia merges document and fantasy in a cautionary tale of American car culture in overdrive. A Greek torch runner, transported to the media landscape of Los Angeles during the '84 Olympics, is confronted by contemporary urban life. Juxtaposin ...


Autumn Into Winter

Andrew Lampert

2006, 6:25 min, color, sound


Awakening from the 20th Century

Chip Lord

1999, 35 min, color, sound

Lord constructs a journey to discover the changes the computer (automobile of the twenty-first century) has introduced to San Francisco, and urban centers in general. Weaving together a series of interviews with fellow San Franciscans, he uncovers a suburbanized city as fashion statement, worn by those who lead the frictionless lives of Internet culture.



Tony Oursler

2008, 6:22 min, color, sound

AWGTHTGTWTA is one of a series of video works in which Oursler explores the idea of the "chorus." Oursler asked high school and middle school students in Manhattan, many of whom are recent immigrants, to describe their ideal or fantasy places. The resulting piece brings together scenes of the students reciting text in unison, excerpts of their imaginative responses to Oursler's question, and found footage of the online gaming, shorthand sms text messaging, and YouTube improvisational recordings that characterize their environment.



Klaus vom Bruch

1985, 7:02 min, color, sound

Produced in conjunction with a 1985 media arts event in Amsterdam entitled Talking Back to the Media, Azimut is a tightly structured work in which images of the body, inscribed with technology and communications, become a mesmerizing invocation. Accompanied by a hypnotic, repetitive so ...