The video essay is a many-headed monster. On this webpage we will compile texts on varying aspects of the format – texts that have slipped between the cracks that open up between the other categories.


Trespassing Hollywood (Richard Misek)

Filmmaker and lecturer Richard Misek has authored an insightful article on the artistic practice of appropriation, titled Trespassing Hollywood: Property, Space, and the “Appropriation Film”. It was published in the October magazine and can be freely accessed online.

GIFs: The Attainable Text (Michael Z. Newman)

There are other ways to engage in audiovisual criticism and research than just the video essay. This interesting text by Michael Z. Newman ponders the academic potential of the “vernacular criticism” that is the GIF.

Read the article online or download a PDF version.