[dance-tech] Re: [dance-tec] new book

  • From: "Johannes Birringer" <Johannes.Birringer@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <MEDIA-ARTS-AND-DANCE@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <dance-tech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2007 19:30:40 -0000

NEW from The Leonardo Book Series and MIT Press 
Video is an electronic medium, dependent on the transfer of electronic
signals. Video signals are in constant movement, circulating between
camera and monitor. This process of simultaneous production and
reproduction makes video the most reflexive of media, distinct from both
photography and film (in which the image or a sequence of images is
central). Because it is processual and not bound to recording and the
appearance of a "frame," video shares properties with the computer. In
this book, Yvonne Spielmann argues that video is not merely an
intermediate stage between analog and digital but a medium in its own
right. Video has metamorphosed from technology to medium, with a set of
aesthetic languages that are specific to it, and current critical
debates on new media still need to recognize this.

Spielmann considers video as "transformation imagery," acknowledging the
centrality in video of the transitions between images--and the fact that
these transitions are explicitly reflected in new processes. After
situating video in a genealogical model that demonstrates both its
continuities and discontinuities with other media, Spielmann considers
three strands of video praxis--documentary, experimental art, and
experimental image-making (which is concerned primarily with signal
processing). She then discusses selected works by such artists as Vito
Acconci, Ulrike Rosenbach, Joan Jonas, Nam June Paik, Peter Campus, Dara
Birnbaum, Nan Hoover, Lynn Hershman, Gary Hill, Steina and Woody
Vasulka, Bill Seaman, and others. These works serve to demonstrate the
spectrum of possibilities in video as medium and point to connections
with other forms of media. Finally, Spielmann discusses the potential of
interactivity, complexity, and hybridization in the future of video as a

Professor Yvonne Spielmann is Chair of New Media in the School of Media,
Languages and Music, University of Paisley, Glasgow. She lives in
Glasgow and Berlin. 

Video: The Reflexive Medium 
MIT Press/Leonardo Book Series
452 pp., 136 illus. 
To order this book and to learn more about other titles in the Leonardo
Book Series visit the Leonardo Book Series website at:

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