Pioneers of Electronic Art

By Woody Vasulka, Steina Vasulka

Catalogue for exhibition "Eigenwelt der Apparate-Welt: Pioneers of digital Art", an exhibition of early digital instruments for Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria. The exhibition was once curated by way of Woody Vasulka and Steina Vasulka.

Some of the artist coated are Don Buchla, Robert Moog, Nam June Paik, Dan Sandin, Lee Harrison, invoice Hearn, Eric Siegel and lots of others...

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Within the spring and summer time of 1975, WNET broadcast a sequence known as Video and tv evaluation, made on the television Lab and hosted by means of Russell Connor. VTR used to be of indicates approximately those that make trade tv of all types. The structure different from express to teach; occasionally this system consisted nearly completely of an interview, as in Nam June Paik: Edited for tv, and infrequently it used to be fully dedicated to one paintings, as while Paik’s international Groove used to be broadcast. in the course of the similar spring, Paik himself made a chain of vignettes approximately ny urban, that have been broadcast every one evening at seventy two web page seventy two - Black overlay sign-off time. They went below the identify Suite 212 and feature considering the fact that been accrued right into a unmarried, commonly collage-like tape. chosen humans AND occasions Southern California: TVTV and lengthy seashore best worth tv (TVTV) is a video documentary staff that has headquarters in a home in West la. it's a congregation of people that have backgrounds in a variety of points of other tv and print media; they got here jointly to shape TVTV in 1972. Their first undertaking was once to tape the Democratic and Republican nationwide conventions of that 12 months. Allen Rucker, a founding member of the gang, explains: Our purpose, and it’s nonetheless our purpose, used to be to alter tv. The politics of data, the politics of tv, are what we're attempting to modify. after we first went to the conventions in 1972, we got down to turn out some degree. the purpose used to be that shall we take this dust reasonable black-and-white video gear that expense $1,500 for a complete unit, and twenty or thirty those who enjoyed tv . . . and reveal that you may take this inexpensive know-how and those that had no longer been wrung throughout the broadcast tv procedure and make not just technically first rate tv but in addition tv within which the knowledge was once shockingly assorted. the character of the knowledge used to be diverse; it was once looser, extra direct, extra casual, extra own, and it was once extra visceral. You felt such as you have been there after staring at the exhibits, in place of feeling an individual had laid a rap on you. TVTV’s perspective displays a contemporary reevaluation of the time period “documentary. ” for many years, media which are in a position to automatically recording and reproducing photographs (photography, movie, and video) were permitted as impartial witnesses of truth, as natural recording units that take no stand on matters yet simply display them. A comparability of community information documentaries of the conventions with TVTV’s documentaries unearths that each one recordings replicate in a roundabout way the contemplating those that lead them to. there's at the moment a booming curiosity in documentary movie, images, and video by means of artists, critics, JOHANNA BRANSON GILL and historians, each person who heretofore shouldn't have thought of it of aesthetic curiosity. this isn't to assert that every one of TVTV’s concepts are unique or that every one in their video tapes are artistic endeavors. despite the fact that, they're a part of a flow to process social fabric significantly, as details, and they're figuring out experimental modes of journalism; so, in flip, they expand our know-how of the medium itself.

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