Critical Writing Index

Video is not television, Performance is not theatre

by Martha Fleming and Douglas Durand

Body Politic, June 1980, no. 64, pp. 29-32

This article explores role reversal, interrupted communications, sexual tension and latent rage in the work of video and performance artists whose tools can be the weapons of social change. Artists whose work is explored in depth include Colin Campbell, General Idea, Martha Rosler, Elizabeth Chitty and Lisa Steele.

ITEM 1980.041 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Birthday Suit, Scars and DefectsLisa Steele

Demo Model:Images of Women domesticated, colonizedElizabeth Chitty

Casting CallSusan Britton

PeepersJohn Watt

You Can't Really Own a Found ObjectRobert Hamon

Woman From MalibuColin Campbell

Modern LoveColin Campbell

He's a Growing Boy; She's Just Turning FortyColin Campbell

Anatomy of CensorshipGeneral Idea

Test TubeGeneral Idea

Semiotics of the KitchenMartha Rosler

Vital Statistics of a Citizen Simply ObtainedMartha Rosler

HandicapElizabeth Chitty

The DamagesLisa Steele

Waiting for LancelotLisa Steele