Video Art History

The Emergence of Video Processing Tools: Television Becoming Unglued

Kathy High (RPI), Sherry Miller Hocking (ETC), and Mona Jimenez (NYU), Intellect Books, UK, 2013
(Manuscript received positive review stating: “This volume will be a key text within academic video art studies.”)

Book Description
The Emergence of Video Processing Tools presents stories of the development of early video tools and systems designed and built by artists and technologists during the late 1960s and ’70s. They examine the intersection of art and science and look at collaborations among inventors, designers, and artists trying to create new video tools to capture and manipulate images in fascinating and revolutionary ways. The contributors include “video pioneers” who have been active since the emergence of the aesthetic and technologists who continue to design, build, and hack media tools. The book also looks at contemporary toolmakers and the relationship between these new tools and the past. Video and media production is a growing area of interest in art and this collection will be an indispensable guide to its origins and its future. [download PDF]



Kathy High, Ralph Hocking, Sherry Miller Hocking, “Radical Learning, Radical Perception: The History of the Experimental Television Center,” Experimental Television Center DVD compilation collection 1969-2009, ETC, Ltd., Owego, NY, 2009.

This article was written originally for the Hidden Histories publication (co-edited K.High with Helen de Michiel,NAMAC) but was republished as the introductory essay for the catalog of ETC’s DVD collected works. [download PDF]



Kathy High, “Environmental Media At Artpark,” Artpark 1974-1984, edited by Sandra Firmin, curator, for the exhibition at UB Art Galleries, The State University at Buffalo, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 2010.

This article was commissioned and written for the exhibition catalog Artpark 1974-1984, and describes the experimental media projects that were produced at Artpark during those years. [download PDF]

Bio-Art Activities


Kathy High, “Playing with Rats,” Tactical Biopolitics: Art, Activism and Technoscience, edited by Beatriz da Costa and Kavita Philips, MIT Press, Boston, MA, 2008.

This article describes my research for the project Embracing Animal. Other materials for this project are submitted under “Art Projects”. [download PDF]

Please also see the Embracing Animal website




Kathy High, Richard Pell, Daniela Kostova, Boryana Rossa, The BioArt Initiative catalog, Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies and the Department of the Arts, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 2008.

This publication describes the conceptual basis and the activities conducted during 2007-2008 for the BioArt Initiative at Rensselaer. [download PDF]


FELIX: A Journal of Media Arts and Communication, Kathy High and The Standby Program, NYC, 1991-2003.
Kathy High “Introduction,” FELIX – Risk/Riesgo, Vol. 2, No. 3, 2003

There is a listing of all the FELIX issues produced between 1991-2003, a snap shot of their covers and table of contents.

Then follows High’s introduction to the last bi-lingual issue, Risk/Riego, produced in collaboration with contemporary Mexican media artists. [download PDF]

Writing/Reviews About Kathy High Artwork

Embracing Animal

These articles look at the project Embracing Animal, 2005-06, exhibited at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

Stracey, Frances, “Bio-art: the Ethics Behind the Aesthetics,” Nature magazine, Volume 10, July 2009. Survey of bio-art field.

Aristarkhova, Irina, “Hosting the Animal: the art of Kathy High,” Journal of Aesthetics and Culture, Vol. 2, 2010.


Exhibition Catalogs

BECOMING ANIMAL: Contemporary Art in the Animal Kingdom, exhibition catalogue for Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), Edited by Nato Thompson, MIT Press/MASSMOCA Publications, North Adams, MA, 2005.

This entry includes an introductory article by curator Nato Thompson about the Becoming Animal exhibition and his impulses for curating it. Followed by an interview of Kathy High by Nato Thompson about her exhibition Embracing Animal.

Visceral: The Living Art Experiment, exhibition catalog for the 10th anniversary celebration exhibition for SymbioticA, Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, January, 2011.

This is the catalog for the SymbioticA anniversary exhibition VISCERAL.