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Navigating spheres, shifts in emphasis: The documentary, the video essay and the social

Charlesworth, Amy (2014). Navigating spheres, shifts in emphasis: The documentary, the video essay and the social. Art & the Public Sphere, 3(1) pp. 31–44.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1386/aps.3.1.31_1
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Abstract

The documentary is often perceived as an officiated item, a ‘public’ record of sorts. The essay is seen as a personal and introspective device. This article will argue that certain artistic practices that work within an expanded and historicised sense of the documentary – specifically, the genre of the ‘video essay’ – provide new vicissitudes through which to examine the heteronymous character of the aesthetic mode as it has developed in political art praxis of the last fifteen to twenty years. More broadly, this article will examine how works such as these re-engage with the politics of representation debates of the 1920s/1930s and 1970s, despite the tendency for the rejection of ‘representation’ in relational or, indeed, post-relational art practices of recent years.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 Intellect Ltd.
ISSN: 2042-793X
Keywords: video essay,‘documentary turn’,contemporary art,genre,María Ruido,Ursula Biemann
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities > Art History
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 44600
Depositing User: Amy Charlesworth
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2015 11:14
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2019 02:35
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/44600
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