Moving Image

From Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art

Moving Image

Edited by Omar Kholeif

An examination of the expanded field of moving image-based art that has emerged alongside digital media.





An examination of the expanded field of moving image-based art that has emerged alongside digital media.

This anthology examines the expanded field of the moving image in recent art, tracing the genealogies of contemporary moving image work in performance, body art, experimental film, installation, and site-specific art from the 1960s to the present day. Contextualizing new developments made possible by advances in digital and networked technology, it locates contemporary practice within a global framework.

Among the issues it examines are how new technologies, forms of apparatus, and modes of editing or framing affect innovations in artistic practice and strategy; how work is defined by local contexts, and the tensions that can arise when the local is represented globally; how we define a 'third space' for the filmic image and whether an installation area can be abstracted from geography; how performance-based work in this field explores bodies as borders or territories; the ways in which political, pedagogical, and collective forms of practice have affected the moving image; and the new platforms and modes of viewing that are evolving in response to the globally distributed condition of contemporary media.

Artists surveyed include Jananne al-Ani, Francis Alÿs, Yuri Ancarani, Oreet Ashery, Ed Atkins, Judith Barry, Gretchen Bender, Dara Birnbaum, Black Audio Film Collective, Brad Butler, Olga Chernysheva, James Coleman, Minerva Cuevas, Stan Douglas, Olafur Eliasson, VALIE EXPORT, Harun Farocki, Omer Fast, Morgan Fisher, Hollis Frampton, Melanie Gilligan, Joana Hadjithomas, Gary Hill, Susan Hiller, William Kentridge, Anja Kirschner, Steve McQueen, Jumana Manna, Karen Mirza, Rabih Mroué, Otolith Group, Nam June Paik, Luther Price, Yvonne Rainer, R.V. Ramani, Pipilotti Rist, Ben Rivers, Ryan Trecartin, Trinh T. Minh-ha, Bill Viola

Writers include Robert Bird, Claire Bishop, Christa Blümlinger, Jonathan Crary, T.J. Demos, Jean Fisher, Tim Griffin, Andrew Grossman, Félix Guattari, Shanay Jhaveri, Sven Lütticken, Francesco Manacorda, H.G. Masters, Andrew V. Uroskie, Ian White, Maxa Zoller, Thomas Zummer


$24.95 T ISBN: 9780262528108 240 pp. | 5.75 in x 8.25 in

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Omar Kholeif

Omar Kholeif, a writer, curator, and cultural historian, is Director of Collections and Senior Curator at Sharjah Art Foundation. Named a “Game-changer” by British GQ and one of the “Art World's Global Influencers” by the international art magazine Apollo, he has curated more than 100 exhibitions and special projects. He is the editor of the Whitechapel Gallery/MIT Press volume Moving Image; editor of You Are Here: Art After the Internet; and the author of Goodbye, World! Looking at Art in the Digital Age (Sternberg Press).


  • Omar Kholeif's brilliant book oscillates between theory and practice. Moving Image is a key text to comprehend the deep interconnection of moving image and the worlds of exhibition in the 21st century.

    Hans Ulrich Obrist

    Co-director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects, Serpentine Gallery, London

  • This critical contribution to the analysis of moving image art encompasses a broad range of global artistic practices, bringing fully up to date diverse discourses around cinematic apparatus, contexts of distribution, exhibition and conservation, and our affective relationships to moving images.

    Henriette Huldisch

    Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center

  • Images have long been moving, but it's now more difficult than ever to keep up. The plethora and variety of moving images across culture in a digital age prompts us to ask fundamental questions about the nature and specificity of the medium—past, present, and future. These are questions that have only recently come into view, and the timely writing collected by Omar Kholeif in this new anthology represents some of the boldest first responses.

    Heather Corcoran

    Executive Director, Rhizome at the New Museum, New York

  • Neither the black box, the white cube nor the grey zone. Omar Kholeif's Moving Image is the most kaleidoscopic answer to the ongoing question about the place of moving images in art.

    Andrea Lissoni

    Senior Curator, Film and International Art, Tate Modern, London