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Sounding the GalleryVideo and the Rise of Art-Music$
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Holly Rogers

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199861408

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199861408.001.0001

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The Rise of Video Art-Music

The Rise of Video Art-Music


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Sounding the Gallery

Holly Rogers

Oxford University Press

This chapter charts the rise of video art-music during the 1960s. Using the audiovisual and spatial genealogies of the previous chapters, it situates the rise of video art-music within its socio-cultural context and outlines the ways in which early video artist-composers contributed to the creation of their own histories and myths. After exploring the difficulties of including sound and moving image art within a gallery environment, the alternative performance and exhibition spaces used by early video artist-composers are uncovered. Beginning with the early television exhibitions of Paik, Vostell and the Filmmaker’s Cinematheque, the chapter investigates the mixed media performances of Rauschenberg, John Cage, Whitman, USCO and E.A.T. The performances of early video artists Tambellini, Levine, Schneider, Gillette, Nauman and various video collectives are then considered in light of audience activation, improvisation and performativity.

Keywords:   Myths, Vostell, John Cage, Nauman, video collectives, audiovisuality, performativity, Filmmaker’s Cinematheque, gallery sound, mixed media

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