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Valentine's Day Girl

Ryan Trecartin

2001, 7 min, color, sound

Trecartin crafts a fantastical narrative about a girl whose obsessive personal utopia is disrupted. Trecartin's collaborator, Lizzie Fitch, plays a girl obsessed with Valentine's Day. Everything in her hyperactive, sped-up world revolves around Valentine's Day: red, white, and pink love-themed...


Variations V

Merce Cunningham

1966, 49:05, b&w, sound, 16 mm film on video


Vasulka Video

Steina and Woody Vasulka

1978, 173 min, b&w and color, sound

In 1977 the Vasulkas were commissioned by public television to create six half-hour programs for broadcast on WNED in Buffalo, New York. The resulting series, entitled Vasulka Video, is innovative and informative television. The Vasulkas introduce and contextualize their works and discuss their...



Bruce and Norman Yonemoto

1984, 11:45 min, color, sound


Venice in Berlin in Venice

Phyllis Baldino 

1993, 5:56 min, color, sound


Vernacular Live from Electronic America

Beth Coleman and Howard Goldkrand

2003, Open GL, downloaded application

Vernacular Live from Electronic America is driven by the idea that new media interface culture inspires new means of information exchange. A standalone application and a multi-media performance instrument, Vernacular furthers Coleman and Goldkrand's investigation towards the practice of "cultural...


Vertical Roll

Joan Jonas

1972, 19:38 min, b&w, sound


Video 50

Robert Wilson

1978, 51:40 min, color, sound


Video Album #5 / The Thursday People

George Kuchar

1987, 60 min, color, sound

Writes Kuchar: "In two parts, with a total length of 60 minutes, this diary chronicles the final visits I had with Curt McDowell, who was bed-ridden at the time with AIDS. The tape records the whole season inside and out and the food that went in and the feelings that went out. It's Easter time...


Video Created to Fix Stuck Pixels in Computer Monitors Recast (with Soundtrack and Sunset) as Video to Fix Your Stuck Mind

Michael Bell-Smith 

2005, 45 sec, color, sound

In this work, Bell-Smith combines three found elements: an industrial video designed to fix stuck pixels in computer monitors, an animation of a sunset and a New Age soundtrack. In doing so Bell-Smith interrogates the purported transcendence of psychedelia and New Age techno-hippie-dom, while...


Video Drawings

Kit Fitzgerald

1985, 6:35 min, color, sound


Video From Russia: The People Speak

Dimitri Devyatkin

1984-85, 53:10 min, color, sound


Video Girls and Video Songs for Navajo Sky

Shigeko Kubota

1973, 31:56 min, b&w and color, sound

Kubota narrates this surrealistic video diary of her month-long sojourn with a Navajo family on a reservation in Chinle, Arizona. She talks to the women as they cross the desert in a horse-drawn carriage to fetch water from the nearest well, and captures footage of tribal songs and dances,...


Video Installations 1970-1994

Shigeko Kubota

1994, 19:47 min, color, sound


Video is Television?


1989, 5:34 min, color, sound

In a collision of media images and images of the media, Muntadas fuses films, video and television as a hall of mirrors that reflects contemporary culture. Seen in close-up fragments, television and video images from cinematic sources — Poltergeist, Videodrome, Network, The Candidate — and video...


Video Letters

Yau Ching

1993, 10:35 min, b&w, sound


Video Portraits: French Writers

Joan Logue

1986, 7:46 min, color, sound


Video Portraits: New England Fishermen

Joan Logue

1985, 14:55 min, color, sound


Video Portraits: Silent Words for Installation

Joan Logue

1973-83, 19:49 min, color, silent


Video Synthesizer and "TV Cello" Collectibles

Jud Yalkut and Nam June Paik

1965-71, 23:25 min, color, silent, 16 mm film on video


Video Wallpaper Series

George Kuchar

1992, 13:54 min, color, sound

Kuchar writes about Isleton: "I had some super 8mm footage of a place I went to for someone's movie shoot and I never made anything out of it. It was just sitting around the house so I decided to play around with it using my consumer model video effects equipment." Writes Kuchar of Trinity:...


Video Weavings/Anima/Union

Stephen Beck

1974-76, 26:32 min, color, sound


Video-Film Concert

Nam June Paik and Jud Yalkut

1966-72, 1992, 34:50 min, b&w and color, sound, 16 mm film on video

This restored collection of rare early collaborative works by Nam June Paik and Jud Yalkut is historically significant as well as remarkably prescient. Recorded between 1967 and 1972, these "video-films" reveal insights into the evolution of Paik's work in video, performance and installation, and...


Video: The New Wave


1973, 58:27 min, b&w and color, sound



Theresa Hak Kyung Cha

1976, 4:42 min, b&w, sound



Gary Hill

1980-81, 13:27 min, b&w, sound


Vidi Vici: Narrative and the death of desire

Tony Conrad

1988, 11:48 min, color

"If the intersection of desire and authority is phallus, the intersection of absence and vigilance is vagina. The tape’s laconic title (I saw, I conquered—but I didn’t come) encodes its vaginal pretense. In effect, Vidi Vici is a male artist exploring a vaginal posture. By interleafing different...



Carolee Schneemann

1962-67 (re-edited in 2015), 8:31 min, toned b&w, 16 mm film on HD video

Viet-Flakes was composed from an obsessive collection of Vietnam atrocity images, compiled over five years, from foreign magazines and newspapers. Schneemann uses the 8mm camera to "travel" within the photographs, producing a volatile animation. Broken rhythms and visual fractures are heightened...


Vietnam: Picking up the Pieces

Jon Alpert and Keiko Tsuno 

1978, 58:06 min, color, sound


Vintage: Families of Value

Thomas Allen Harris

1995, 72 min, color, sound


Violin Film #1 (Playing The Violin As Fast As I Can)

Bruce Nauman

1967-68, 10:54 min, b&w, sound, 16 mm film on video


Violin Power


1970-78, 10:04 min, b&w, sound


Violin Tuned D.E.A.D.

Bruce Nauman

1969, 60 min, b&w, sound


Virtual Amulets

Shalom Gorewitz

2006, 17 min, color, sound


Visions of a Disappearance

Vito Acconci 

1973, 25 min, b&w, sound

Visions of a Disappearance is a newly restored performance tape that was recorded in Naples, Italy, in 1973. Crouched in a corner, hemmed in by the video camera and a closed-circuit monitor showing him the scene as it is recorded, Acconci attempts to disappear. He tries to erase his image in...


Visual Text: Finger Poem


1968-73, 1:48 min, b&w, silent

In Visual Text: Finger Poem, VALIE EXPORT communicates with her fingers. Sign language, as an elision of word and gesture, is investigated in this performance-to-camera work.

The artist writes: "The body as carrier of information, in order to convey both spiritual and physical contents, is the...


Vital Signals: Early Japanese Video Art

CTG, Kohei Ando, Takahiko Iimura, Keigo Yamamoto, Toshio Matsumoto, Video Earth Tokyo, Mako Idemitsu, Nobuhiro Kawanaka, Katsuhiro Yamaguchi, Norio Imai, Hakudo Kobayashi, Tatsuo Kawaguchi, Saburo Muraoka, Keiji Uematsu, Morihiro Wada

2010, 162 min, color and b&w, sound, DVD

The Vital Signals anthology and catalogue are available through EAI for use in educational institutions. While early video art from the U.S. and Europe is internationally recognized, the parallel activities of artists working in Japan—the birthplace of the Portapak, the camcorder, and other...


Vital Signs

Barbara Hammer

1991, 9:41 min, b&w and color, sound, 16 mm film on video

"Waltzing cheek-to-cheek with a grinning skeleton, filmmaker Barbara Hammer sets the tone ... . Hammer's Vital Signs is dedicated to a trio of losses, including her late father and Curt McDowell, a fellow filmmaker who died of AIDS in 1987. Her recurring motif of a danse macabre makes a jarring...


Vital Statistics of a Citizen, Simply Obtained

Martha Rosler

1977, 39:16 min, color, sound


Vito Acconci: Five Audio Works

Vito Acconci

1969-1977, sound, Audio CD

This boxed set features five of Acconci's seminal audio works from the 1960s and '70s. These early conceptual audio works, on five CDs, were restored by EAI.

Running Tape is an endurance piece that Acconci made in New York's Central Park on August 26, 1969, as one of a series of what he terms...


Voice Windows

Steina in collaboration with Joan La Barbara 

1986, 8:10 min, color, sound


Volcano Saga

Joan Jonas

1989, 28 min, color, sound


Voodoo Child

Stephen Beck 

1982, 6:54 min, color, sound


Vorurteile (oder die Not macht Erfinderisch)

Marcel Odenbach

1984, 8:22 min, color, sound


Voyage d'hiver

Robert Cahen

1993, 19 min, color, sound


VR/RV: A Recreational Vehicle in Virtual Reality

Peter d'Agostino

1994, 11 min, color, sound


VTR: Downtown Community Television Center

DCTV (Jon Alpert, Yoko Maruyama, Keiko Tsuno) and VTR 

1975, 29:08 min, b&w and color, sound




1975, 28:30 min, b&w and color, sound


Vulva's School

Carolee Schneemann

1995, 7:15 min, color, sound

A performance in which Schneemann personifies an irrepressible vulva, which engages two animal hand puppets in a clamorous deconstruction of sexual bias in French semiotics, Marxism, patriarchal religions and physical taboos.


Vusac - NY

Nam June Paik with Betsy Connors and Paul Garrin. 

1984, 27:10 min, color, sound