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Before Projection

Video Sculpture 1974 – 1995

Before the days of smartphones, MacBooks, and Netflix, and even before AOL, Giga Pets, and Game Boys, there was a time when monitors were enormous, clunky, and utterly novel. This volume showcases selections from a generation of artists who used monitors as sculptural objects before they were replaced by video projectors in the gallery and long before we carried screens around in our pockets. Shedding light on a body of work in the history of media art that has been largely overlooked, Before Projection offers a focused and entertaining survey of artworks on the cusp of the digital age that have been rarely seen in the last twenty years. By recovering a number of noteworthy historical works the volume explores connections between our current moment and the point at which video art was transformed by the entry of large-scale, cinematic installations.

168 pages | 60 color plates | 5 3/4 x 9 1/4 | © 2018

Art: Art--General Studies

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Table of Contents

Director’s Foreword
Before and Besides Projection: Notes on Video Sculpture, 1974–1995
Henriette Huldisch
Artist Entries
Emily Watlington
Dara Birnbaum                                 
Ernst Caramelle                               
Takahiko Iimura                               
Shigeko Kubota                                
Mary Lucier                                       
Tony Oursler
Nam June Paik
Friederike Pezold
Adrian Piper
Diana Thater
Maria Vedder
Time Turned into Space: Some Aspects of Video Sculpture
Edith Decker-Phillips
List of Works
Lenders to the Exhibition
MIT List Visual Arts Center

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