• 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

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.

Other Information

This course involves screenings of films, videos and moving image artworks. Every attempt will be made to make these available online through ANU systems, however copyright requirements and artwork format restrictions mean that this may not always be possible. Attendance at screenings and lectures is therefore expected (in accordance with any COVID-19 restrictions and ANU campus safety alert levels).

In order to give students access to a wide variety of moving image art, a small number of screenings may be run off-campus at National Cultural Institutions (where possible). Please note that these institutions may not allow works from their collections to be recorded for asynchronous viewing.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Written Analysis Exercise (1000 words) (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Research Essay (2000 words) (45) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Take-Home Test (1000 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  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 and 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

Not applicable

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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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3803 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person N/A

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