MIT List Visual Arts Center
20 Ames Street, Bldg. E15
Cambridge, MA 02139
Max Wasserman Forum November 2006
A Matter of Time: Fedback and Immersion in Video Installation Art
· Thomas Y. Levin
· Christopher Eamon
Concept: “Feedback” and “immersion” are two poles of expression in video art. Early in the medium, closed-circuit video feeds were used as an electronic mirror, instantaneously reflecting whatever came into the camera’s gaze. More recently, however, this feedback mode has been supplanted by a more cinematic “immersion” style, as seen in the work of Bill Viola, Pipilotti Rist, and Diana Thater. The Panel will consider the disjunctions and the continuities between these two idioms in contemporary video art.