Stan VanDerBeek: Selected Works I

1976-77, 48:30 min, color, sound

In Selected Works I, VanDerBeek experiments with video's imaging capabilities and abstraction, evoking what he terms an "image flow" of empirical perceptions and unconscious impulses. In Newsreel of Dreams VanDerBeek generates a stream of consciousness collage of dance, poetry and processed video imagery to articuate a collective dreamstate. Strobe Ode is an exercise in video feedback and analog imaging, in which a circular image-field is modified and abstracted by strobe flashes. In Vanishing Point Left, the "vanishing point" is an analogy for the metaphysics of watching the video screen, which assumes such forms as a mandala, flower or gyre.

Newsreel of Dreams: Choreography: Elaine Summers. With: Elaine Summers Dance Company.

Strobe Ode: Produced at WGBH. Music/Sound: Stan VanDerBeek and ZBS.

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