Get Closer, Go Blind: 1970s Video Art Against Vision

Excerpt from a longer essay published in Motherwell Journal:

Blindness is deviance, an aberrance from a normative mode of   knowing. What these artists do not want to know, Derrida’s  “unwillingness,” and what has caused their bad will, is a disbelief in  the truth of vision in its all-at-onceness as a route to  knowledge.  It is a denial, a subversive choice.

We are bodies that see, but we also think, feel, desire, and age.  The moving image mirrors ourselves, but not simply because we  can see  our reflection in it.  It, like us, follows in accordance with  the  temporal processes of a life-cycle, a system to which we are  inevitably entwined.

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