JAIC 2001, Volume 40, Number 3, Article 5 (pp. 233 to 258)
TECHARCHAEOLOGY: WORKS BY JAMES COLEMAN AND VITO ACCONCI
ABSTRACT—Two very different pieces of installation art—Vito Acconci's Pornography in the Classroom (1975) and James Coleman's INITIALS (1993–94)—are analyzed using the protocols pioneered at the TechArchaeology Symposium. The Acconci work has two video channels, one with audio soundtrack and a series of slides. It is a conceptual work that was reformatted in 1998. James Coleman's INITIALS has one visual element—slides—with a synchronized audio channel output from four speakers. The differences are between a 25-year-old reformatted conceptual work (Acconci's) and a recent “structuralist's” work (Coleman's) that must be kept in its original format for the foreseeable future. This article is a result of TechArchaeology: A Symposium on Installation Art Preservation.