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.