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W/hole: “I Dreamed Another Man Dreamed Me"

Robert Beck 

1987, 6 min, color, sound

 

Waiting for Godot

Dan Asher 

1997, 7:53 min, color, sound

An old man reads a newspaper on the street corner. A game of waiting, of pretending to wait, waiting for something to happen.

 

Walk with Contrapposto

Bruce Nauman

1968, 60 min, b&w, sound

 

Walk-Over

Vito Acconci 

1973, 30 min, b&w, sound

This historical videotape, produced in 1973 at Art/Tapes/22 in Florence, Italy, is being made available for the first time in decades through EAI's Video Preservation Program. Writes Acconci: "A long narrow corridor, leading to the camera—at one side, a window—sun streams in, splotches of...

 

Walkaround Time

Charles Atlas, Merce Cunningham

1973, 51:06 min, color, sound, 16 mm film on HD video

Walkaround Time (1973) marks Charles Atlas' first visual documentation of a Merce Cunningham dance. Soon after the film's creation, the choreographer approached Atlas, who was then the dance company's assistant stage manager, to collaborate with him through video. Unlike many of their...

 

Walking Forward-Running Past

John Baldessari 

1971, 12:45 min, b&w, sound

 

Walking in an Exaggerated Manner Around the Perimeter of a Square

Bruce Nauman

1967-68, 10 min, b&w, silent, 16 mm film on video

 

Walkway

Ken Jacobs

2009, 8:32 min, color, silent, HD video

 

Wall-Floor Positions

Bruce Nauman

1968, 60 min, b&w, sound

 

Wanderers Nightsong

Michel Chion

1992, 60 sec, color, sound

Using the text of a brief poem by Goethe and the music of Franz Schubert, Chion asserts that the impulse to create poetry and beauty is a link between cultures.

 

Wandewega Waters

Dan Sandin 

1979, 15:20 min, color, sound

 

Want

Tony Oursler

1994, 5:58 min, color, sound

Want is a video portrait of Kim Gordon—musician, co-founder of the legendary rock group Sonic Youth, visual artist, clothing designer—from the mid-1990s. Starkly lit and framed in a tight close-up, Gordon is first seen in an intense vocal and guitar performance. She then stares silently into...

 

War is Just a Racket: Kyle Gann

John Sanborn

2013, 9:26 min, color, sound

Writes Sanborn, "When I first heard Kyle Gann's War is Just a Racket, I did not respond to the spoken words or what seemed like a simplistic rant against capitalism. Boy, was I off-base. The text is from a Congressional deposition given by General Smedley Butler, twice honored with the...

 

Warm Objects

Peggy Ahwesh 

2007, 6 min, color, silent

Warm Objects was produced in close collaboration with the engineering research center MIRTHE (Mid-InfraRed Technologies for Health and the Environment), an organization dedicated to the development of optical trace gas sensing systems. Utilizing MIRTHE's imaging technology, scenes of everyday...

 

Warnings

Muntadas

1988, 5:50 min, color, sound

 

Warp

Steina

2000, 4:30 min, color, sound

Steina's long-running investigations into video-effects technology and performance come together in this recent tape, in which she slowly approaches the camera, her body warping this way and that.

 

Wassa

Philip Mallory Jones

1989, 3 min, color, sound

 

Watch

Vito Acconci 

1971, 9 min, b&w, silent, Super 8mm film on video

Acconci's face is seen in close-up. His eyes trace, in real time, the movement of the hands of an off-screen clock.

 

Watch Out For Invisible Ghosts

Kristin Lucas

1996, 5:15 min, color, sound

 

Watching the Press/Reading Television

Muntadas

1981, 11:20 min, color, sound

 

Watchwords of the Eighties

Martha Rosler

1981-82, 62:57 min, color, sound

 

Water Falling From One World to Another

Ken Feingold

1980, 36 min, color, sound

 

Water In Milk Exists

Lawrence Weiner 

2008, 22:52 min, color, sound, HD video

Writes Lawrence Weiner: "SITUATED WITHIN A LANDSCAPE OF HUMAN INTERACTION THOSE ACTIVITIES THAT LEAD TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF STRUCTURES NECESSARY TO DEAL WITH OR CO-EXIST WITH THE FORCES OF NATURE, WATER IN MILK EXISTS ATTEMPTS TO PRESENT VARIOUS CHARACTERS AT A POINT OF DISJUNCTIVE BUT...

 

Water Light/Water Needle (Lake Mah Wah, NJ)

Carolee Schneemann

1966, 11:13 min, color, sound, 16 mm film on HD video

 

Water Plastic Bag

Anthony Ramos

1973, 8:45 min, b&w, sound

Water Plastic Bag is one of a series of durational, risk-taking performances that Ramos made with fellow artists Lowell Darling and Joe Ray. An idyllic shot of beach and surf is the setting for this unnerving performance. Ramos and Darling are tied into body-sized plastic bags and then buried...

 

Water to Wine to Water

John Baldessari 

1972-1973, 0:30 min, color, silent, Super 8mm film on video

Baldessari performs an amateur magician's rendition of the holy miracle.

 

Water, Water, Water, Ice

Dan Sandin

1978, 8:40 min, color, sound

 

Watermelon Heaven

Anthony Ramos

1972, 32:44 min, b&w, sound

 

Waterways: 4 Saliva Studies

Vito Acconci 

1971, 22:27 min, b&w, sound

Waterways comprises four minimalist exercises in which Acconci explores the formal, visual and dynamic properties of a body fluid in a controlled performance situation. Using extreme close-ups and amplified sound to force the viewer into the space of his body, he experiments with his mouth as a...

 

Wayne's World

Ryan Trecartin

2003, 8 min, color, sound

Trecartin and his collaborator/co-star Lizzie Fitch ponder the messages delivered by the most banal forms of mass media and pop culture in their own unique version of a music video. They voice questions in song and dance segments that feature a deliberately ill-fitting pastiche of discarded...

 

We

Shelly Silver

1990, 4 min, b&w and color, sound

 

We Are Alive

Yau Ching

2010, 101:05 min, color, sound, Cantonese and Japanese with English subtitles

 

We Are Charming

Ken Jacobs

2007, 1 min, color, silent

Ken Jacobs writes: "Early stereograph of dancers at rest. One leans forward to display her bosom. The stereo-camera preserves their youthful presence forever."

 

We Have the Force

Youth Force 88 with Branda Miller at the Citizens Committee of New York City. 

1989, 33:11 min, color, sound

 

Weather Diary #5

George Kuchar

1989, 38:17 min, color

 

Weather Watch

George Kuchar

1991, 16:28 min, color, sound

 

Weekend in Moscow (unofficial art)

Skip Blumberg

1990-2002, 35:40 min, color, sound

Weekend in Moscow (unofficial art) is a snapshot of the underground Moscow art scene at the time of the unraveling of the Iron Curtain. While Soviet officialdom still exercises firm control, a community of "unofficial" conceptual artists perseveres against the odds. Capturing these brave and...

 

Weekend Pass

Alex Hubbard

2009, 9:23 min, color, sound

 

Wermut

Gusztáv Hámos

1988, 23 min, color, sound

 

Westkunst (Modern Period): Dan Graham Segment

Dan Graham and Ernst Mitzka 

1980, 7:10 min, color, sound

 

Whacker

Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn

2005, 6:25 min, color, sound

Under a cloudless Los Angeles sky, Kahn—dressed in incongruous heels and a summery dress—runs an electric weed whacker through a hill of overgrown grass. During breaks, the whacker's annoying buzz gives way to the trill of birds and distant sirens, with Elvis Presley's In the Ghetto leaking...

 

What a Woman Made

Mako Idemitsu

1973, 10:50 min, b&w, sound

In Idemitsu's seminal feminist video, the image of a tampon swirling in a toilet bowl slowly appears, as the artist speaks about the troubling roles, responsibilities and expectations of women in a clinical tone. Minimal in composition, What a Woman Made is a candid critique of the treatment...

 

What Goes Around/Comes Around

Philip Mallory Jones

1986, 3 min, color, sound

 

What Happened on 23rd Street in 1901

Ken Jacobs

2009, 13:38 min, b&w, silent

WARNING: This work contains throbbing light. Should not be viewed by individuals with epilepsy or seizure disorders.

Jacobs applies three-dimensional digital animation to a century-old film by Edwin S. Porter, the pioneering motion picture director for Thomas Edison's production company....

 

What I Did Last Summer

Charles Atlas 

1991, 12 min, color, sound

The three short, low-tech works in this compilation celebrate downtown New York nightlife at the beginning of the 1990's. Set in a New York Meat Market restaurant after hours, Butchers' Vogue features a voguing waiter and waitress, two prostitutes on the run, and a cop. In The Draglinquents,...

 

What I'm Looking For

Shelly Silver

2004, 15 min, color, sound

In What I'm Looking For, Silver relates the story of a woman who sets out to photograph intimate moments in public space. As she finds herself drawn into a series of meetings with strangers contacted through an Internet dating service, her apparently simple task unfolds into ambiguity and...

 

What Portland Thinks About Technology At 3 A.M.

Andrew Lampert

2014, 5:51 min, color, sound, HD video

Ace reporter Nour Mobarak and man in the street Andrew Lampert trek to the outer fringes of Portland at an ungodly hour to ask burning questions about the ramifications of technological change. What they find (besides mostly inebriated locals) may completely dumbfound you.

 

What's The Love Making Babies For

Ryan Trecartin

2003, 20 min, color, sound

Trecartin's extraordinary digital manipulations reach a new level as he speculates in vivid animation about reproduction, sexuality, and contemporary moralities. Evoking lo-fi, promotional, cult-worship videos, Trecartin and his fantastically costumed collaborators manufacture an alien yet...

 

When I Remembered to Shoot in Europe

Andrew Lampert

2011, 10:43 min, color, sound

 

When I was a Worker Like LaVerne

Skip Blumberg in collaboration with Jane Aaron. 

1976, 28:30 min, b&w, sound

 

Where It's Coming From

Charlemagne Palestine with Wies Smals. 

1977, 56:50 min, b&w, sound

 

Where Where There There Where

Zoe Beloff and the Wooster Group

1998, CD-ROM

This interactive CD-ROM project was inspired by the Wooster Group's play House/Lights, which is itself related to Gertrude Stein's play Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights. Stein's work is the starting point for Beloff's playful philosophical investigation of how theories of perception, logic and...

 

Whirling

Leslie Thornton

1996, 2 min, b&w, sound

Peggy and Fred in Hell, Thornton's ongoing and open-ended series, maps a surreal, quasi-apocalyptic realm littered with the detritus of a pop culture bursting at the seams. Castaways in this wilderness of signs, Peggy and Fred are, as Thornton states, "raised by television," their experience...

 

Whispering Pines 1

Shana Moulton

2002, 1:55 min, color, sound

The first installment in the multi-part Whispering Pines series, this unsettling video introduces Cynthia, the series' silent, somewhat confused protagonist, who is played by Moulton. In these wryly humorous narratives, Cynthia's interactions with her everyday world mix the mundane and the...

 

Whispering Pines 2

Shana Moulton

2003, 3:56 min, color, sound

Presenting a domestic world just slightly askew, Whispering Pines 2 follows Moulton's character Cynthia as she attempts to navigate the enigmatic and possibly magical properties of her home décor. Moulton has spoken of her interest in the ways in which people draw spiritual or existential...

 

Whispering Pines 3

Shana Moulton

2004, 7:33 min, color, sound

Whispering Pines 3 continues Moulton's evocatively oblique video series. Seated in an easy chair, wearing a multi-colored neck brace and surrounded by odd home decorations, Moulton's protagonist Cynthia makes notes in her diary, allowing us a glimpse into an inner life that seems to oscillate...

 

Whispering Pines 4

Shana Moulton

2007, 10:53 min, color, sound

In this episode of the ongoing Whispering Pines series, Moulton's hapless protagonist Cynthia seeks a cure for an ailment via "Healing Hands," a natural New Age therapy. Donning conch-shell-and-pine-cone-adorned headphones and an Avon relexology glove, she listens to "sound medicine" and...

 

Whispering Pines 5

Shana Moulton

2005, 6:32 min, color, sound

"While searching for comfort in her self-help books and soothing knick-knacks, the cold and depressed Cynthia is transported to an electric temple that springs up from the pattern in her electric blanket. There she has a cathartic experience with a pipe organ, faces her demons and discovers the...

 

Whispering Pines 6

Shana Moulton

2006, 5:45 min, color, sound

In this episode of her ongoing narrative performance series, Moulton's alter-ego Cynthia seeks solace from her troubles by putting together a puzzle and shopping for light-up waterfall decorations. The combination of these activities helps Cynthia to solve the puzzle of self-discovery.

 

Whispering Pines 7

Shana Moulton

2006, 4:43 min, color, sound

In this episode of the Whispering Pines series, Moulton's character Cynthia is confronted with a distorted mirror image that slips between the grotesque and the exotic, depending on her posture. While Cynthia performs her nose-pore cleaning routine in front of the mirror, a sphinx appears and...

 

Whispering Pines 8

Shana Moulton

2006, 7:34 min, color, sound

Moulton again performs as her alter-ego Cynthia in the latest episode of the Whispering Pine series. Fueled by the sugar-free drink Crystal Light, Cynthia methodically fills a vase with alchemical home decorating items. Once her project is completed, Cynthia is again left to dwell in her...

 

White Homeland Commando

The Wooster Group

1992, 62:30 min, color, sound

 

Who Do You Think You Are

Stanya Kahn

2012, 8:05 min, color, sound

Kahn met Kellie, the subject of this work, through placing an advertisement on the website Craigslist, seeking to interview people who had created their own jobs. Kellie inhabits an interesting double function: someone who is indeed a real person but also a recognizable portrayal of a set of...

 

Who's going to pay for these donuts, anyway?

Janice Tanaka

1992, 58:18 min, color, sound

 

Why Are You Crying, Antonio?

Alexander Kluge

1988, 25 min, color, sound, German with English subtitles.

 

Why Do Things Get In a Muddle?(Come on Petunia)

Gary Hill

1984, 33:09 min, color, sound

 

Why Not a Sparrow

Cecelia Condit

2003, 12 min, color, sound

Why Not a Sparrow is a hallucinatory piece, in which semi-narrative sequences of a woman on a woodlands vision-quest mix with mythological images, including dancers wearing animal masks. Condit has fashioned a lament for all the wildlife — particularly birds — at risk of extinction due to human...

 

Wigry, Poland/Blue Mountains, Australia

Nan Hoover

1988-89, 13:06 min, color and b&w, sound

 

Wild Blue Yonder

Lawrence Weiner

2002, 15:15 min, color, sound

Wild Blue Yonder fuses animated drawings and text with video footage of Weiner's friends, colleagues, and family. Weiner recontextualizes the everyday, leveling gestures, conversations, actions and interactions into a system of codes that blur the boundaries between what is choreographed and...

 

WILDNESS

Wu Tsang

2012, 74 min, color, sound, HD video, Spanish and English with dual subtitles

 

William Wegman: Selections from 1970-1978

William Wegman

1981, 19:11 min, b&w and color, sound

 

Willoughby Sharp Videoviews Chris Burden

Willoughby Sharp

1973-75, 27:45 min, b&w, sound

 

Willoughby Sharp Videoviews Joseph Beuys

Willoughby Sharp 

1973, 27:45 min, b&w, sound

 

Willoughby Sharp Videoviews Vito Acconci

Willoughby Sharp

1973, 62:07 min, b&w, sound

 

Wind

Joan Jonas

1968, 5:37 min, b&w, silent, 16 mm film on video

 

Windfalls

Matthew Geller

1982, 22:06 min, color, sound

 

Windows

Gary Hill

1978, 8:28 min, color, silent

Silent or with minimal sound, Hill's early formalist works explore the manipulation of electronic color and image density through the camera obscura and image processing devices. Of these tapes, Hill has written that "much of the subject matter and the expressionistic method of working...

 

Winner

Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn

2002, 15:43 min, color, sound

Winner is a fictional interview gone awry, featuring a reticent sweepstakes winner who doggedly avoids receiving her prize and manages to morph an ad spot into a mini documentary about her art work. Shot in a day and largely improvised, Winner is the first collaborative video by Dodge and...

 

Winter in Miami 2005

Shigeko Kubota

2006, 14 min, color, sound

Winter in Miami 2005 is Kubota's touching tribute to her husband, artist Nam June Paik, who died at their home in Miami in January 2006. This intimate piece features previously unreleased sound recordings of Paik at the piano in his New York home in 2005, playing haunting compositions that he...

 

Wintergarden

Mary Lucier

1984, 11:11 min, color, sound

 

With A Grain Of Salt

Lawrence Weiner

2000, 16 min, color, sound

 

With Special Thanks

Burt Barr 

1986, 5:29 min, color, sound

 

Within Heaven and Hell

Ellen Cantor

1996, 15:52 min, color, sound

Swinging between pleasure and torment, Cantor narrates an autobiographical story of a doomed love affair over scenes from The Sound of Music (Robert Wise, 1965) and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Tobe Hooper, 1974). Wittily and ingeniously cutting between parallel sequences from the iconic...

 

Witness to the Future

Branda Miller

1996, 50 min, color, sound

 

Wittgenstein Tractatus (seven short video essays)

Péter Forgács

1992, 32 min, color, sound

 

Women of the Calabash

Skip Blumberg

1987, 18:58 min, color, sound

 

Woody Vasulka: Selected Works

Woody Vasulka

1973-74, 29:01 min, color, sound

This program of early works includes explanations of Vasulka's image-making tools, and also charts his development of a grammar of these imaging techniques.

Vocabulary, writes Vasulka, is "designed to convey in a didactic form the basic energy laws in electronic imaging." Here a hand, as a...

 

Words On Fire

John Sanborn and Skip Blumberg

1990, 24:30 min, color, sound

 

World History

William Wegman

1976, 17:33 min, Audio CD

To create this audio piece, Wegman asked people to talk about the history of the world. Their answers bespeak a humorous and highly subjective view of the world, revealing more about memory, egocentrism and Eurocentrism than about world history. Interwoven on two channels of audio, these...

 

World-Wide-Walks@40 (Selected works, 1973-2012)

Peter d'Agostino

2012, 63:53 min, color and b&w, sound

Peter d'Agostino's World-Wide-Walks have been performed on six continents over the past four decades. Initiated as video "documentation/performances" in 1973, The Walks Series evolved into video-web projects during the 1990s and mobile-locative media installations in the 2000s. World-Wide-Walks...

 

Would You Like to Meet Your Neighbor? A New York Subway Tape

Barbara Hammer

1985, 12:39 min, color, sound

 

Wrap Around the World

Nam June Paik

1988, 47 min, color, sound

 

ws.2

Seoungho Cho

2004, 8:06 min, color, sound

Seoungho Cho continues his sophisticated investigation of the moving image, its manipulation through video processing, and the ways in which these technologies can be made to represent the natural world. In ws.2, Cho's precise camera movement and hypnotic post-production techniques deliver...

 

ws.3

Seoungho Cho

2003, 5:42 min, color, sound

ws.3 is a minimalist investigation of the texture of landscape. A windy, abstract soundtrack accompanies close-ups of a lunar-like, brilliant blue and white terrain. As the camera arcs rapidly and images move in and out of focus, sky and desert seem to merge. Cho erodes distinctions between...

 

WVLNT

Michael Snow

1966-67/2003, 15 min, color, sound

Michael Snow's film Wavelength has been acclaimed as a classic of avant-garde filmmaking since its appearance in 1967. In February 2003 Snow made WVLNT, a "re-mix" which created a new work consisting of simultaneities rather than the sequential progressions of the original work. WVLNT is...