Ina Blom: Inside Equipment: The Autobiography of Video and the Transformation of the Artist's Studio

Kunsthistorisk Forening hosts this lecture on the occasion of the launch of Ina Blom's new book The Autobiography of Video. The Life and Times of a Memory Technology (New York: Sternberg Press, 2016).

How should we think «studio practice» in the age of new media? In Machine in the Studio. Constructing the Postwar American Artist (1996), Caroline Jones traced an evolution where the isolated artist studios, inhabited by the painter-heroes of abstract expressionism, gives way to the quasi-industrial workplaces of Frank Stella and Andy Warhol. Yet a very different conception of artistic labor and its relation to technology emerges in early analog video art, where a number of works foreground the idea of a studio «inside the machine», literally displaced to the «unknown» realm of live electronic modulation. At this point artistic labor is no longer associated with mass production, but with emerging postindustrial accounts of labor as invention, and new conceptions of human/technical collectivity. Such works are instances of the autobiography of video: analog video’s exploration of new forms of technical/social memory and alternative social ontologies.


Ina Blom is a professor at the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at the University of Oslo and an art critic at Artforum, and Texte zur Kunst. Recent publications include On the Style Site. Art, Sociality and Media Culture (New York: Sternberg Press, 2007/2009) and Raoul Hausmann et les avant-gardes (ed. with Timothy Benson and Hanne Bergius); Paris: Les Presses du Reel, 2015. The edited volume Memory in Motion. Archives, Technology and the Social is forthcoming from Amsterdam University Press in May 2016.

Published Apr. 26, 2016 11:19 AM