Part Five – Assignment 5: Brainstorm and Outline

In what ways do video installations differ from films shown in a cinema? List the physical differences and use these as evidence to explain the differences in experience and aesthetic appreciation.

Think about the environment as well as the immediate space in which a film is shown. Consider the types of film and select an example for more detailed discussion. If you have not seen a video installation before now, try to make up for it by viewing available material on Youtube. (1000 words)

Here are some video installation artists as examples:

Tony Oursler, Ann Hamilton, Stan Douglas, Bruce Nauman, Douglas Gordon


Brainstorm of aspects and context 

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Understanding Assignment question: 

In what ways do video installations differ from films shown in a cinema? List the physical differences and use these as evidence to explain the differences in experience and aesthetic appreciation..

Task: to list and to explain difference, using physical difference as evidence for aesthetic difference

Key concept: Difference, Video art, Installation Art, Aesthetics, ‘Spatial’ Art

Sub context: Site experience, Institutional Critiques

Context: Art, Film, Visual Culture, Moving images

Subtask: Select an example for discussion

=> I selected a video installation by Pipilotti Rist (b. 1962) , Swiss visual artist working with video and film located in Zurich, that I’ve seen during the exhibition in Basel, Switzerland as part of ‘Prière de touche‘, an exhibtion demonstrating a wide exploration of the tactile sensation in art. The video installation called ‘Pickelporno (Pimple Porno)’ covered the area of sexuality from a macroscopic and intimate viewpoint. I selected this one as it touched me somehow at that time and as it relates to my own interest of human sensations as subjective experience. I will keep it open as it might happen that I change my mind after further research and comparision  related to difference and similarities with film.


Questions and thoughts:

  • I sense that this assignment will consolidate my learning throughout the course, as it asks for collecting, analysis, explaination and discussion. My argumentation need to be careful selected to build up my statement with a convincing conclusion.
  • What started in part 4 and becomes more evident in part 5 is writing a comprehensive and dense essay. The exercises in this part are looking at 50 or 100 words max and the assignment will be shorter with 1000 words compared the previous longer allowances (1500 words)
  • I find the assignment task a bit difficult to understand. The first sentence talks about video installations versus film and continues with types of film etc. I assume the assignment is about video installations. not films.
  • My potential thesis and argumentation need to be looked at later after having compared some more video installations.
  • One aspect that might change my selection of one example to illustrate difference in aesthetic perception of video and cinematic films could be the term ‘installation’. Installation in context of ‘spatial art’ would embrace the space of showing and looking as such, kind of 4D extension of 3D or illusionary 2D images.


Some definitions on key words (University of Leicester, n.D.):

  • ‘To Consider: Say what you think and have observed about something. Back up your comments using appropriate evidence from external sources, or your own experience. Include any views which are contrary to your own and how they relate to what you originally thought.’
  • ‘To Discuss: Essentially this is a written debate where you are using your skill at reasoning, backed up by carefully selected evidence to make a case for and against an argument, or point out the advantages and disadvantages of a given context. Remember to arrive at a conclusion.’
  • ‘To Explain: Clarify a topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurs, or what is meant by the use of this term in a particular context. Your writing should have clarity so that complex procedures or sequences of events can be understood, defining key terms where appropriate, and be substantiated with relevant research. ‘




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