Titles with or about Woody Vasulka


1980, 21:20 min, b&w and color, sound

Artifacts is a didactic demonstration of the syntax and vocabulary of the digital image, via the electronic capabilities of the Digital Image Articulator. Vasulka's intent is to create a dialogue, a symbiotic relationship between artist and machine. "By artifacts," he states, "I mean that I have to share the creative process with the machine. It is responsible for too many elements in this work. These images come to you as they came to me — in a spirit of exploration." Initiated by basic algorithmical procedures, the images coalesce to form an overall conception of the electronic vocabulary made possible by this technology. Vasulka works with a spherical shape and, in an ironic reference to the "hand of the artist," studies his hand as transformed by the Imager.