Viewing Media Installation Art
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: University of Minnesota Press
Series: Electronic Mediations
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quote
It is a daunting charge to attempt to thank adequately all of the people who, in ways both small and monumental, helped me to write this book. Miwon Kwon deserves special recognition for nurturing this project in its nascent stages, and Jennifer Marshall and Chon Noriega share the distinction...
Introduction: Screen Subjects
Media screens—film screens, video screens, computer screens, and the like—pervade contemporary life, characterizing both work and leisure moments. If in earlier times our sense of self was constructed through language, discourse, or a print-based culture, the screen-based interfaces...
1. Interface Matters: Screen-Reliant Installation Art
Art critic and historian Michael Fried’s groundbreaking 1967 essay, “Art and Objecthood,” is best known as a studied rejection of minimalism, or, as Fried preferred to call it, “literalist” art. Fried recognized that this new genre, inasmuch as it compelled a durational viewing experience akin to...
2. Body and Screen: The Architecture of Screen Spectatorship
Frank Gillette and Ira Schneider’s Wipe Cycle (1969) greets viewers with flickering black-and-white electronic images that rotate through a grid of nine stacked televisions. Commonly lauded as the first work in the field of video installation, Wipe Cycle also numbers among the first to incorporate...
3. Installing Time: Spatialized Time and Exploratory Duration
It is well known that installations made with time - based media have become increasingly pervasive since the 1990s, aided by the enthusiastic institutional embrace of this now predominant art form and exemplified in celebrated screen-reliant sculptures by artists such as Tacita Dean, Eija...
4. Be Here (and There) Now: The Spatial Dynamics of Spectatorship
As in everyday life, cinematic and electronic screens in gallery - based installations consistently draw our attention, however fleeting, to the light-based imagery presented on their surfaces. Our cultural habit of immediately looking at media screens and our propensity to view them as windows onto...
5. What Lies Ahead: Virtuality, the Body, and the Computer Screen
Computer science prodigy Ivan Sutherland’s prescription for the “ultimate display” in 1965 came down firmly on the side of representational illusionism. The computer screen should function as an Albertian window: a flat surface through which to behold simulated, virtual spaces. Only two...
Afterword: Thinking through Screens
“The limits of my language are the limits of my world,” Wittgenstein once wrote. In The Virtual Window, Anne Friedberg adds new life to the philosopher’s celebrated axiom by mapping it onto the visual register: “The limits and multiplicities of our frames of vision determine the boundaries...
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