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Michael Fried and beholding video art

Wilder, Ken (2012) Michael Fried and beholding video art. Estetika: Central European Journal of aesthetics, XLIX/V (1). pp. 5-25. ISSN 00141291

Type of Research: Article
Creators: Wilder, Ken

In this article, I consider Michael Fried’s recent contribution to the debate about the experience of video art, made in relation to the work of Douglas Gordon. Fried speculates that issues of antitheatricality may in fact be key to specifying the medium of video installation. While Fried’s position on awork’s to-be-seenness offers a useful way of framing the relation with the beholder in video art, I question his notion of ‘overcoming’ theatricality – preferring to see the theatrical/antitheatrical dichotomy as a dynamic at play within individual works. I welcome what seems to be an explicit acknowledgment from Fried that the position of the spectator is a contributory factor in what he terms empathic projection, but relate this to the notion of a figural presence. I argue that video art, as a spatial practice, offers a distinct mode of reception by problematizing the position of the spectator in relation to two-dimensional figurative space to which she is excluded.

Official Website: http://aesthetics.ff.cuni.cz/archive/312/michael-fried-and-beholding-video-art
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: aesthetics
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Charles University, Prague
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Chelsea College of Arts
Date: 16 May 2012
Related Publications: An earlier version of the article was published in the Proceedings of the European Society of Aesthetics, Vol. 3, pp. 294-315, 2011.
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2013 09:29
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2023 04:46
Item ID: 5936
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/5936

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