The Case Against Video Art
Resident Guardian loudmouth (and far more erudite patron of the arts) Jonathan Jones has placed a moratorium on video art, fearing that the population of such is transforming museums into “video lounges.” Without explicating what a “video lounge” is exactly — I imagine something under the banner of “gentleman’s club” in the Bronx, but I could be wrong — Jones laments the increased attention moving images seem to warrant vis-à-vis static works. But when video art includes work like this one from Takashi Murakami, or Nicole Cohen’s pseudo-time machine, the bombast around a decidedly anti-TV lifestyle is hot air akin to hollow hipster rhetoric. But apart from that, it’s self-defeating to place static and moving images at opposite ends, when both depict contemporary culture better together than separately. Besides, modern art is nothing if not adaptable to technology.