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Venice Biennale

It would be nice to do something political (AIS 22)

Out of conflict
War in the gallery. By Steven Ball
Catherine Elwes’s recent book Video Art, A Guided Tour makes illuminating connections and diversions as she sifts through the history and preoccupations determining artists’ use of video as a major practice. The book is informed as much by its author’s participation in video art’s development as an artist, curator and writer, as by the thoroughness of her research. Elwes however is under no illusion about the future of her role as a commentator when faced with the likely extinction of her subject:
The apparatus of the projector is a critical if rather museological element in the display of the work. The quality of both the recording and projection of video has improved to such an extent that it is becoming difficult to distinguish it to film. Artists talk about film when they are shooting on video and make what they call videos with filmic proportions and intent.