Exchange in Three Parts

1977, 27:14 min, color, sound

These three-part "abstract allegories" challenge the viewer's perception of nature and the nature of perception. Superimposition and the interpenetration of imagic "generations" are used to question the relation of the actual and its image, and address how television has come to replace empirical perception. Introducing the device of a "naturalistic" image within the video image, they engage in an active perceptual manipulation, in which "real" action is completed in a video image — an exchange is made between the real and the imagic. Exploring how information is received and recalled, the artists transform perception through the visible alteration of texture, resolution and image.

Produced by the TV Lab at WNET/Thirteen ("VTR" series). Supervising Engineer/Videotape Editor: John J. Godfrey. Executive Producer: David Loxton.