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    Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  Feb 21, 2018
Academic Catalog 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

HART287 Survey of Video Art, 1968-Present 3 cr.

In this course we trace the new answers and new questions formulated by selected video artists over the last forty years. Throughout the semester, we study these two trajectories thematically. Artists’ investigations of video-imaging tools, signal processing, recorders, magnetic tape, and cathode-ray tube screens may continue in surprising ways the modernist tradition of a medium’s self-reflexivity (and so offer new answers to existing questions). Alternatively, experimentation with audience behavior, criticism of broadcast television, and women’s use of video as a medium untainted by patriarchy amount to fresh areas of exploration (so, new questions). Students watch two hours of video each week in preparation for classroom discussion. In addition to viewing the works themselves, students analyze several kinds of written accounts-by artists, by art critics, and by art historians-surrounding video art practices from 1968 to the present.

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