Afterimage

A bimonthly magazine devoted to media art and cultural criticism for the photography, film, video and visual book community. Publishes feature articles of investigative reporting or scholarly research, interviews, essays, reviews of media arts publication

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 6, May-June

Black Video: Keeping the Faith
Yo, Aristotle, Plato, Socrates . . . Step off! - X-Clan, video for "Heed the Word of the Brother" Brother Jot the Afrocentric, Egyptophite hip-hop group X-Clan speaks compellingly about the importance of building black subjectivity grounded in African...
Bookworks for the '90S
As everybody knows by now, books have been adopted by modern artists, as newspapers and spoken language have also been adopted We can congratulate ourselves on this development, but let us beware of an unlimited optimism that with a deeper analysis might...
CAA in L.A.: Photography And/as/or Art
The 65th Annual Meeting of the College Art Association (CAA) was held in Los Angeles, February 1-5. CAA met in conjunction with the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) and the Women's Caucus for Art, and, to some extent, these sessions overlapped...
Choice Objects: Gay and Lesbian Film and Video
Is it possible to speak of queer representation, of a gay and lesbian representation? Looking at the traditional format of gay and lesbian film festivals, which nearly always schedule boys' nights and girls' nights, thus encouraging the audience to segregate...
"Collecting the Photograph": Was It Worth It?
The symposium "Collecting the Photograph," held in New York City on September 20, had been ballyhooed by Art in America magazine - which organized it - as "a landmark event" bringing together "the stars of the field." In the event, though, the affair...
Dumb Luck at SPE
The 1992 Conference of the Society for Photographic Education (SPE) exhibited its usual amount of schizophrenia this year in Washington, D.C., presenting African American and feminist critic bell hooks as Featured Speaker and misogynist photographer...
First Annual Virtual Reality Conference
Over the past few years, rumors of "virtual reality" (VR) have begun to fire the public imagination. No longer the secret purview of military-industrial technologists, longhair computer hackers, and a small band of academic institutions, VR has been...
Growing Pains: Artists' Organizations in the 80s
Seated around dinner tables in Chicago's Blackstone Hotel Crystal Ballroom - a room most reminiscent of a giant wedding cake - the representatives of member organizations of the National Association of Artists Organizations (NAAO) politely listened to...
In New Haven, Art Meets Sociology
On October 19 and 20, New Haven CT looked much as it usually does - a classic blend of venerable buildings swathed in ivy, as if in the hope that the plant might function as an intellectual nutrient and prosaic urban malaise. The only visible anomalies...
Media Education in the '90S
"Media literacy" has its theoretical roots in left-leaning cultural studies. it is also the inheritor and, to some degree, synthesizer of media education projects, versions of which have circulated since the 1920s. Further, media literacy acts as an...
Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark
On a cold Saturday afternoon in early November 1993 the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY played host to a day-long conclave of leading figures from politics and the arts who were brought together to discuss the future of public arts...
Prime Time Psychoanalysis
Jacques Lacan died six years ago, leaving his renegade version of psychoanalysis to be debated by columns of followers in deconstructionist criticism, film theory, feminism and psychoanalysis proper. Throughout his 50-year career, Lacan cultivated an...
The Best Laid Plans ... Media Arts Group Rethinks Its Future
"I don't know if we're getting anything done here," remarked my friend from Wisconsin, "but I'm having one hell of a good time" After several days of film and video screenings, and nights of meanderings through obscure watering holes, my friend had the...
The Turbulent Seas of Public Access
I suppose the title at the National Federation of Local Cable Programmers' (NFLCP) annual conference. 'Community Television: Charting New Waters," refers to the shining (but stalwart) role of public access in the fermenting ocean of new communications...
Visual Anthropology
Visual anthropology, for all of its Robert Flahertys' and Edward Curtis' of the past, is a relatively new and open area of the social sciences exhibiting all of the adolescent insecurities (and possibilities) inherent in the growing process. The recent...
Where's the Text: Cinema Studies in the '80S
"Here at Satire U.," wrote William Satire in the April 6 New York Times Magazine, "our undistinguished professors are curriculating their courses in finger painting and rock-music appreciation together under act sciences, headed by a 10-yeared chairman...
Women's Artists' Group Fights Discrimination
Women in the arts are speaking out and taking action against what they feel is sexual discrimination within their fields. The recent founding of the Coalition of Women's Art Organizations and the January convening of a conference of women artists in...