As the name clearly suggests, video art is a form of art that depends on moving-picture or video technology as an audio-visual medium. This art form emerged and gained traction when consumer video technologies, particularly videotape recorders, became advanced and readily available in the late 1960s. Visual artists started experimenting with video as a form of art almost immediately.
Video art may comprise the video, the final product, and perhaps the actual video-recording equipment as part of the artwork. In essence, video art can’t exist without the video element. Well-known video artists include Nam June Paik, Bill Viola, Diana Thater and Matthew Barney.