Nate Harrison

Aura Dies Hard (Or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Copy)

Harrison’s prizewinning video essay ironically suggests an alternative perspective on video art: using representative fragments from bought copies of historical video works, he suggests concentrating not on the oft-cited ephemeral and immaterial quality of the medium, but on its material side, in particular existence of (often unauthorized) duplicates, which paradoxically promotes the auratization and mystification of video art.