'The future is now': an introduction to video art

Course Dates: 13/06/24 - 20/06/24
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Location: Online
Explore the early history of video art, its rise as a medium and its significance as a contemporary art practice. We focus on the influential video works from the 1960s-1980s.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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'The future is now': an introduction to video art
  • Course Code: VB692
  • Dates: 13/06/24 - 20/06/24
  • Time: 18:00 - 20:00
  • Taught: Thu, Evening
  • Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
  • Location: Online
  • Tutor: Irina Chkhaidze

Course Code: VB692

Thu, eve, 13 Jun - 20 Jun '24

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

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What is the course about?

In this short introductory course, we explore the rise of video art in the 1960s-1970s as an important medium for artistic expression favoured by the artists associated with Fluxus, Performance Art and Feminist Art. We study a selection of early experimental videos and video installations, and how these experiments have shaped contemporary art as we know it today. We will also discuss the development of video technology and relevant cultural shifts – the broader context that influenced the artistic use of moving image from the 1960s onwards.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

-Prominent video artists such as Nam June Paik, Shigeko Kubota, Valie Export, Martha Rosler, Bruce Nauman and Bill Viola.
-The broader social and cultural context in which video became an important medium for expression.
-The significance of video art as a contemporary art form.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

-Describe at least three video art pieces.
-Practice situating artworks in a broader historical context.
-Evaluate the impact of early video art on contemporary art practices.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for all levels.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, handouts and health and safety information and instructions on the basic elements of Zoom software, like the usage of the microphone and camera.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught with lecture, slide presentations and group discussion.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You might wish to purchase a notebook for taking notes. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list provided.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You might also be interested in:
Feminism in modern and contemporary art
Art and Critical Theory - Ways to Think about Art – Vision and Gaze
German Art from the 1960s to Now.

Irina Chkhaidze

Irina Chkhaidze completed her PhD in Art History at University College London. Prior to this, she studied Liberal Arts and gained an MA in Humanities in Germany. Irina has published articles on contemporary art, theories of posthumanism and human-animal relations. She has taught gallery-based courses at UCL, covering 19th to 21st century art. Currently, Irina also lectures on philosophy and social theory at Leeds Beckett University, and teaches on Critical Studies programme at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.