• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Art History
  • Areas of interest Art History, Visual Arts, Film
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

This course examines the histories, theories, and diverse practices of contemporary moving image art. Focusing on the developments of moving image practices from the 1960s to the present day, the course explores how moving images and time-based practices have become such central components of contemporary art. We will critically explore moving image art in relation to other art forms (including performance, photography, and installation), as well as in relation to other media formats such as the cinema, television, and social media. Key topics to be covered will include: Theories of spectatorship; Experimental and expanded cinema; The birth of video art; Australian media art histories; Digital, multimedia & interactive art; Contemporary installation art.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. describe and analyse major developments in moving image art practices from the 1960s to the present day;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the socio-political and technological developments that have impacted on the development of the moving image as an art form;
  3. apply key theoretical frameworks to a diverse example of moving image artworks;
  4. expand their skills of visual analysis, writing and speaking confidently about the specific nature of moving image and time-based art; and
  5. complete independent research into moving image art, and organise this research into convincing arguments.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Written Visual Analysis (1,000 words) (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Online Test(s) (1,000 words) (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Research Essay (2,000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures & screenings; and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing. Contact hours may include visits to major art institutions in Canberra.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 36 units of courses towards an ANU degree, or with the permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARTH6173 (Art and the Moving Image).

Prescribed Texts

No prescribed texts are required.

Preliminary Reading

Balsom, Erika. After unique-ness: A history of film & video art in circulation. New York: Columbia University Press, 2017.

Bellour, Raymond. Between-the-Images. Zurich: JRP/Ringier, 2012.

Connolly, Maeve. The place of artists' cinema: Space, site and screen. Bristol, UK; Chicago, USA: Intellect, 2009.

Connolly, Maeve. TV Museum: Contemporary Art and the Age of Television. Bristol, UK; Chicago, USA: Intellect, 2014.

Cubitt, Sean. Videography: Video media as art and culture. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1993.

Elwes, Catherine. Installation and the moving image. New York: Columbia University Press, 2015.

Frampton, Hollis. Circles of confusion: film, photography, video: texts 1968-1980. Rochester, NY: Visual Studies Workshop Press, 1983.

Graham, Beryl and Sarah Cook. Rethinking curating: Art after new media. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2010.

Grau, Oliver. Virtual art: From Illusion to Immersion. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2003.

Iles, Chrissie. Into the light: The projected image in American art, 1964-1977. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 2001.

Iles, Chrissie. Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art 1905–2016. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 2016.

Jennings, Gabrielle, ed. Abstract video: The moving image in contemporary art. Oakland: University of California Press, 2015.

Krauss, Rosalind. "Video: The Aesthetics of Narcissism." October 1 (1976): 51-64.

Marks, Laura U. Hanan al-cinema: Affections for the moving image. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2015.

Meigh-Andrews, Chris. A History of Video Art. 2nd ed. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2014.

Paul, Christiane. Digital Art. 3rd edition. London: Thames & Hudson, 2015.

Perkins, Matthew, ed. Video Void: Australian Video Art. North Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2014.

Rees, A.L. et al, eds. Expanded cinema: Art, performance, film. London: Tate, 2011.

Summerhayes, Catherine. The moving images of Tracey Moffatt. Milano: Charta, 2007.

Westgeest, Helen. Video Art Theory. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell, 2016.


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $3120
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4800
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