Living Inside

  • Sadie Benning, Living Inside, 1989, single-channel video, black and white, sound; 05:10 minutes, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1989, Sadie Benning, Museum purchase through the Samuel and Blanche Koffler Acquisition Fund, 2015.8.4

Exhibition Label
Sadie Benning recorded personal video diaries in the late 1980s and early 1990s while she was in high school. Using a toy PixelVision camera made by Fisher Price, Benning speaks to the machine as if she could make it understand. Her camera’s intimate field of view contrasts that of a cold and impersonal surveillance system, as she describes her feelings of alienation and the experience of self-discovery. These diaries are prescient works that portend YouTube and youthful digital culture with an extraordinary eloquence.

Watch This!: Revelations in Media Art, 2015
Title
Living Inside
Artist
Date
1989
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Samuel and Blanche Koffler Acquisition Fund

Mediums Description
single-channel video, black and white, sound; 05:10 minutes
Classifications
Keywords
  • Allegory – life
Object Number
2015.8.4
Palette
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