Matthew Geller reworks the structure and style of television storytelling, investigating narrative forms in experimental fictions and theatrical dramas. His often comic narratives play off conventional genres such as documentary and melodrama. He employs fragmentation and disjunction as storytelling devices, intercutting several anecdotal stories into one cohesive, if nonlinear, narrative.
The artist collective General Idea — AA Bronson, Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal — forged a unique conceptual practice that deployed parody and irony to critique the artworld and popular media culture. In performances, installations, video, photography, prints, and editions, they explored social phenomena ranging from the production, distribution and consumption of mass media images to gay identity and the AIDS crisis. General Idea worked together from 1969 until the deaths of Partz and Zontal in 1994.
An original member of the alternative video collectives Videofreex and Media Bus, Davidson Gigliotti was one of video's pioneers. In 1975 he became Director of Video at the Experimental Intermedia Foundation in New York, where he worked until 1987. His body of single-channel tapes and multi-channel video installations includes studies of urban and rural environments, in which he recreates the experience of place.
Merging a rich visual sensibility with an almost scientific engagement with taxonomy and ecological systems, Frank Gillette is a video pioneer whose multi-channel installations and tapes focus on empirical observations of natural phenomena. An early theorist of video's formal and aesthetic parameters, in 1969 he was a founding member of the video collective Raindance.
A pioneer of alternative video in the early 1970s, Arthur Ginsberg was a co-founder, with Skip Sweeney, of the San Francisco media collective Video Free America. Prolific and timely, Video Free America produced regular screenings and exhibitions that incorporated a diversity of mediums, including live performance and moving image works that involved both abstract, synthesizer-produced images and reality-based, cinéma vérité scenes. Ginsberg also used his theater training and connections to collaborate with the Chelsea Theater Center on three playsKaspar (1974), AC/DC (1977), and Kaddish (1977)that incorporated video into the staging.
French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard is one of the essential figures in modern cinema. In 1976, Godard began collaborating with filmmaker Anne-Marie Miéville on a series of radically innovative works for broadcast on European television. Displaying the rigorous intellect and irreverent wit that characterize Godard's films, these richly experimental works break new ground both as video and as television.
Douglas Gordon rose to international prominence in the 1990s, and is widely celebrated for his rigorous conceptual work. Reworking found source materials ranging from the suspense films of Alfred Hitchcock to classic horror literature such as Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the Scottish-born Gordon mines the psychological implications of these texts as shared cultural memory. In film projections, video works, performances, photography, and multi-media installations, Gordon reimagines these cultural texts to address notions of self and subjectivity, the knowability of evil, and the ambiguity of morality.
Bringing a painterly, poetic aesthetic to his distinctive image-processing techniques, Shalom Gorewitz uses the electronic medium to create introspective visions, transforming recorded reality through an expressionistic manipulation of images and sound.
Dan Graham's provocative art and theories analyze the historical, social and ideological functions of contemporary cultural systems, including architecture, rock music, and television. In performances, installations, and architectural/sculptural designs, he investigates public and private, audience and performer, objectivity and subjectivity. Deconstructing the phenomenology of viewing, he manipulates perception with time delay, projections, closed-circuit video, and mirrors.
A pioneering figure in video documentary, Julie Gustafson has produced several major documentaries for public television. In 1978 she became a co-director, with John Reilly, of Global Village, which was one of the premiere media arts centers for video documentary in the country.