The Signals Channel

Watch a special selection of video works from the exhibition Signals, drawn primarily from MoMA’s collection and presented below in nine programs.

This channel is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Signals: How Video Transformed the World.

Mar 5–Jul 8, 2023


Martha Rosler. If It’s Too Bad to Be True, It Could Be DISINFORMATION. 1985. Gift of the artist and Galerie Nagel, Berlin

About the exhibition

Video is everywhere today—on our phones and screens, defining new spaces and experiences, spreading memes, lies, fervor, and power. Shared, sent, and networked, it shapes public opinion and creates new publics. In other words, video has transformed the world. Bringing together a diverse range of work from the past six decades, Signals reveals the ways in which artists have posed video as an agent of global change—from televised revolution to electronic democracy.

The exhibition highlights over 70 media works, drawn primarily from MoMA’s collection, with many never before seen at the Museum. Read more...

Please note that some videos contain graphic content. Viewers should use discretion.

Viral Video

In these videos from the 1960s to the 1980s, the conventions of corporate broadcast television were turned into critical tools. Exploiting video technology’s ability to record and reshape, artists inserted their works into communication networks, disrupting television’s relentless flow of information in order to probe the medium’s seeming neutrality.

Body Politics

Training the camera on the human figure, these video works explore the increasingly entangled links between private actions, personal identity, and the public sphere.

Direct Address

The artists in this program confront the power dynamics between audience and performer. Co-opting the face-to-face format of television interviews and news reports, they speak directly to the camera, assume alternate personalities, or invite audience feedback, revealing the screen to be a threshold between often conflicting realities.

Everyday Life

These artists experiment with video formats and networks to reflect on personal history and experience—grappling with the intimate consequences of displacement, occupation, war, and labor.

Public Access

These works used—or even invented—video and telecommunications networks to create new modes of connection, collective experience, and assembly.


In these works, artists actively rethink cultural identity in the age of electronic communication. Their strategies include challenging the tropes of traditional ethnographic documentary, questioning the presumption of a seamlessly networked world, and using video technology to reconsider historical signs and emblems.

Counter Media

Artists have used and misused video technology since it first emerged, countering the visual norms of commercial television and mass media with humor, anger, and subversion.

Video Revolutions

These works bear witness to histories of conflict, invasion, and insurrection. In preserving the memories of those “who dared to record,” as Harun Farocki put it, they invite viewers to consider the ways in which historic change is witnessed, relayed through media, and shaped by media itself.

The exhibition is made possible by Hyundai Card.

Leadership support is provided by the Jill and Peter Kraus Endowed Fund for Contemporary Exhibitions.

Major funding is provided by The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art, the Wallis Annenberg Director's Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art, and the Thomas H. Lee and Ann Tenenbaum Endowed Fund.

Additional support is provided by the Annual Exhibition Fund. Leadership contributions to the Annual Exhibition Fund, in support of the Museum’s collection and collection exhibitions, are generously provided by the Sandra and Tony Tamer Exhibition Fund, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, Jerry I. Speyer and Katherine G. Farley, Eva and Glenn Dubin, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, Anne Dias, Kenneth C. Griffin, Alice and Tom Tisch, the Marella and Giovanni Agnelli Fund for Exhibitions, Mimi Haas, The David Rockefeller Council, The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Kathy and Richard S. Fuld, Jr., The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis, and Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder. Major contributions to the Annual Exhibition Fund are provided by Emily Rauh Pulitzer, The Sundheim Family Foundation, and Karen and Gary Winnick.