Since the late 1990s, Doug Aitken’s installation works have played a pioneering role in shaping an array of formal and aesthetic elements characterizing a key tendency of contemporary video art. The tendency, one that we might call ‘cinematic video installation,’ is grounded in the multifaceted intersections between the technological and formal changes of video art since the 1970s and the century-long traditions of the experiments with cinematic narrative and images. This talk will provide a comprehensive understanding of the complex negotiations between cinema and video as the defining features of Aitken’s work, while at the same time placing it within the larger context of other artists who have lead the ‘cinematic video installation’ as a remarkable tenet of contemporary art.
Jihoon Kim is assistant professor in the Department of Film Studies at Chung-ang University, after teaching in the Division of Broadcast and Cinema Studies at Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University. His essays have appeared in Screen, Film Quarterly, Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Millennium Film Journal, Leonardo Electronic Almanac, and the anthologies Global Art Cinema: New Histories and Theories (Oxford Universit Press, 2010), and Taking Place: Location and the Moving Image (University of Minnesota Press, 2011), among others. Currently he is working on a book manuscript entitled Between Film, Video, and the Digital: Hybrid Moving Images in the Post-media Age (to be published in Bloomsbury Academic in late 2015) and editing A Companion to Korean Cinema.