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Ina Blom - The Autobiography of Video

In this innovative take on early video art, Ina Blom considers the widespread notion that analog video was endowed with lifelike memory and agency. Reversing standard accounts of artistic uses of video, she follows the reflexive unfolding of a technology that seemed to deploy artists and artistic frameworks in the creation of new technical and social realities. She documents, among other things, video’s emergence through the framework of painting, its identification with biological life, its exploration of the outer limits of technical and mental time control, and its construction of new realms of labor and collaboration. Enlisting a distinctly media-archaeological approach, Blom’s new book—her second from Sternberg Press—is a brilliant look at the relationship between video memory and social ontology.

Ina Blom is a professor at the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, University of Oslo, as well as visiting professor at the Department of Art History, University of Chicago.


1. Introduction
The Autobiography of Video

2. Video and Autobiography versus the Autobiography of Video

3. Becoming Video (The Prehensioin of Painting)

4. Video Life

5. Video Times

6. Inside Equipment (Studio Practice)

7. Passive Viewing
Video Watching Television

8. Love, Sync, and Possession

Image Credits

Softcover, published in 2016, 244 pages, 24 b/w and 27 colour illustrations

Publisher: Sternberg Press / ISBN 9783956791895
Author: Ina Blom
Medium: Book


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