Video Installation and the Agency of the Viewer

  • Diane CharlesonEmail author


Video installation as a medium offers filmmakers a means to explore nonlinear approaches to filmmaking that break away from the more traditional viewing and presentation of a film that has linear storytelling at its core. This medium offers its viewers new forms of experience. The viewer, I suggest, can be likened to a flaneur, as featured in Walter Benjamin’s, “Arcades,” but whom I imbue with particular qualities. I draw on Actor Network theory to investigate this new relationship between the viewer and the viewed and suggest that video installation can help create a new balance of power, where the viewer can become meaning-maker rather than merely meaning-taker. This I suggest can happen when the images are viewed in an immersive environment. In order to illustrate this, I discuss my video installation “Dancing with Mrs. Dale,” a two-screen installation based on found Super 8 home movies. This installation was part of an exhibition I created “Digital remembering” and I discuss my work in relation to this.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Arts (Media)Australian Catholic UniversityFitzroyAustralia

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