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Early Video Art & Its Precursors

Through the 1960's
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Ellen Mueller2

on 27 December 2016

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Transcript of Early Video Art & Its Precursors

Early Video Art
& Its Precursors

Pre-1960's
Man with a Movie Camera
an experimental 1929 silent documentary film, with no story and no actors
This film is famous for the range of cinematic techniques Vertov invents, deploys or develops, such as double exposure, fast motion, slow motion, freeze frames, jump cuts, split screens, Dutch angles, extreme close-ups, tracking shots, footage played backwards, stop motion animations and a self-reflexive style.
Jackson Pollock
Brings a performative approach to painting near the late 1940's/early 1950's
John Cage
integrates chance and non-instrumental sounds & noises into his scores
Allan Kaprow
1959 -- 18 Happenings in 6 Parts
general seen
as the
founding event
of the Fluxus
movement
Maya Deren, "
Meshes of the Afternoon
" (1943), 13:30 min
The film's narrative is circular, & repeats a number of psychologically symbolic images, including a flower on a long driveway, a key falling, a door unlocked, a knife in a loaf of bread, a mysterious Grim Reaper--like cloaked figure with a mirror for a face, a phone off the hook & an ocean. Through creative editing, distinct camera angles, & slow motion, the surrealist film depicts a world in which it is more & more difficult to catch reality.
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