Titles with or about Steina and Woody Vasulka

Steina and Woody Vasulka: Selected Works I

1974, 30:30 min, color, sound

This program presents the Vasulkas' early formal experimentations with analog image processing and their investigations of multiple camera set-ups, and keyers to articulate spatial, temporal and sound/image manipulation. Solo For 3 is a didactic yet playful exercise in which three cameras were trained on three different images of the number three. Image planes are layered, arranged and sequenced; the result is a multifaceted choreography of numbers. Reminiscence is an otherworldly record of a Portapak walk through a farmhouse in Moravia, the site of Woody Vasulka's youth, as seen through the transformative effects of the Rutt/Etra Scan Processor. Images become eerily sculptural, fading in and out of abstraction, as if in evocation of memory. Soundgated Images is an early example of the Vasulkas' ongoing explorations of interfacing modes of simultaneously generated sound and image, in which abstract, processed images are transposed as electronic sounds. Noisefields is an important example of these early experiments, a visualization of the materiality of the electronic signal and its energy. Colorized video noise (or snow) is keyed through a circle, producing a rich static sound that is modulated by the energy content of the video.



Solo For 3: Programmer/Multikeyer/H.D. Variable Clock: George Brown. Dual Colorizer: Eric Siegel.

Reminiscence: Scan Processor: Rutt/Etra. Colorizer: Eric Siegel.

Soundgated Images: Programmer/Multikeyer/H.D. Variable Clock: George Brown. Waveform Generators: Steven Rutt. Scan Processor: Rutt/Etra. Dual Colorizer: Eric Siegel.

Noisefields: Sequencer/Multikeyer: George Brown. Dual Colorizer: Eric Siegel.

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