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Product Image Signals: How Video Transformed the World

Signals: How Video Transformed the World

Edited with text by Michelle Kuo, Stuart Comer. Text by Erika Balsom, Aria Dean, David Joselit, Tiffany Sia, Ravi Sundaram. Plate text by Giampaolo Bianconi, Ina Blom, Erica DiBenedetto, Jason Dubs, Brandon Eng, Ed Halter, Nina Horisaki Christens, Marielle Ingram, Danielle Jackson, Rattanamol Singh Johal, Lina Kavaliunas, Inés Katzenstein, Pamela M. Lee, Glenn Ligon, Oluremi C. Onabanjo, Erica Papernik-Shimizu, Felicity D. Scott, Lilia Rocio Taboada, Wong Binghao, Simon Wu. Annotated timeline by Peter Oleksik.

Video within and beyond art: a survey of the medium’s political meanings

Video is everywhere. Since its debut as a consumer medium in the 1960s, video has shaped our opinions, our politics and our societies. On our phones and computer screens, walls and streets, it defines new spaces and experiences—spreading memes, lies, fervor, fact and fiction. In other words, video has transformed the world.
Featuring works from the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, this illuminating exhibition catalog—MoMA’s first major publication on video art in nearly 30 years—explores the ways in which artists have both championed and questioned video’s promise, some hoping to create new networks of communication, democratic engagement and public participation, others protesting commercial and state control over information, vision and truth itself. Lavishly illustrated essays by esteemed scholars and artists—including Ina Blom, Aria Dean, David Joselit, Pamela M. Lee, Glenn Ligon and Ravi Sundaram—highlight video’s widely varied formats, contexts and global reach. Signals is a manual for understanding the present, an era in which video has pervaded all aspects of life.

Artists include: Ant Farm, Gretchen Bender, Dara Birnbaum, Black Audio Film Collective, Tony Cokes, Harun Farocki and Andrei Ujica, Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz, Dan Graham, Mona Hatoum, Every Ocean Hughes, Mako Idemitsu, Emily Jacir, Amar Kanwar, Victor Masayesva Jr., Marta Minujín, Carlos Motta, Fujiko Nakaya, New Red Order, Nam June Paik, Sondra Perry, Howardena Pindell, Walid Raad and Souheil Bachar, Raindance Corporation, Marlon Riggs, Martha Rosler, Julia Scher, Richard Serra and Carlota Fay Schoolman, Tiffany Sia, Frances Stark, Martine Syms, TVTV, Stan VanDerBeek, Videofreex, Ming Wong, Nil Yalter and Artur Zmijewski.

Softcover, 8 x 10 in., 184 pgs, 320 color., English, USA, 2023

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