In her observations of time, place and culture, Sigrid Hackenberg uses video to take part in what she terms an "ongoing exploration of the poetic." Evoking memory, travel and transition, her diaristic observations have been recorded in travels to Spain, Korea, Pakistan, and in her own apartment in Brooklyn.
A member of the seminal multimedia collectives Ant Farm and T.R. Uthco in the 1970s, Doug Hall produced video works in the 1980s that analyzed symbols and icons of power in contemporary culture, an inquiry that led him to examine spectacle and theatricality, political authority and the mass media, and the apocalyptic sublime in nature.
Thomas Allen Harris explores desire, ambivalence and the construction of diasporic identity, through a critical engagement with questions of blackness, sexuality and the body. Foregrounding the position of artist as "cultural warrior," Harris meshes performance with personal narrative to articulate the multiple positions possible within "difference."
Berlin-based artist Gusztáv Hámos, who emigrated from Hungary in 1979, explores the nexus of media and reality in his film and video works. Exploring the significance of myths and heroes in popular culture, Hámos constructs ironic, idiosyncratic fictions that quote sources from classical Greece to Hollywood, Snow White to comic book superheroes, science fiction to film noir thrillers.
Gary Hill is one of the most important contemporary artists investigating the relationships between words and electronic images. His inquiries into linguistics and consciousness offer resonant philosophical and poetic insights, as he explores the formal conjunctions of electronic visual and audio elements with the body and the self. With experimental rigor, conceptual precision and imaginative leaps of discovery, Hill's work in video is about, and is, a new form of writing.
With irony, humor, and an outrageous sense of style, Ursula Hodel's performance gestures conflate desire, consumerism, vanity, and the female body — and put a new spin on the idea of video as mirror. Using herself as the main subject of her video work, Hodel explores notions of beauty, hedonism, narcissism and self-obsession.
A pioneer of earthworks and public art, Nancy Holt has also worked in sculpture, installation, film, video, and photography for over three decades. She is best known for her large-scale environmental sculptural works, including Sun Tunnels in Utah and Dark Star Park in Virginia. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Holt made a series of pioneering film and video works, including several collaborations with Robert Smithson. Holt's early videos explore perception and memory through experiments with point of view and process.
Nan Hoover's video works are both formalist and highly sensual. Her meticulous renderings of light, color and movement suggest external and interior landscapes. Fluidly manipulating light and shadow into sculptural form, Hoover created an evocative tension between abstraction and reality. Precisely composed, unfolding in real time, these minimalist reveries invoke the sublime. A pioneering video artist who also worked in performance and photography, Hoover was born in 1931 and died in 2008.
Internationally acclaimed artist Pierre Huyghe works at the intersection of fiction and reality, creating projects that point up multiple, complex narratives, often within pre-existing cultural events. In a rich body of work that includes installations, films, and sculptures, the Parisian-born Huyghe suggests the ways in which identity and subjective experience are deeply informed by particular historical moments. Huyghe's investigations into cultural production explore how media representations and social rituals shape contemporary reality.