Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Transformative Ritual: Video Art at the Jewish Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York
by Gandelman, Jaron, M.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2011, 76; 10305728
Abstract (Summary)

The thesis observes and analyzes the influence of technology on acts of ritual in the context of video art. It compares two video art exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art and The Jewish Museum in New York. By performing a semiotic analysis of selected videos whose theme incorporates ritual—in both traditional and reinvented form—the thesis explores how video art’s mediation of ritual practices can establish the medium itself as ritualistic. Video art provides us with access to thinking about the ritual aspects of daily life in an era of technology.

Keywords: Ritual; Video Art; Media Technology; Media Ritual; Museum Space

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hayward, Mark
Commitee: Monteiro, Stephen
School: The American University of Paris (France)
Department: Global Communications
School Location: France
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Fine arts, Mass communications, Museum studies
Keywords: Media technology, Museum space, Ritual, Video art
Publication Number: 10305728
ISBN: 9781369492927
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