Interviews & Statements

This page contains several published and unpublished interviews from the 1970's with Eric Siegel by Jud Yalkut, in which Siegel speaks to his utopian notions of his video synthesizers as tools for the transmission of positive energy and the expansion of consciousness. Also included are several statements by Siegel, including one from 2001 in which he traces his fascination with the potential of electronics, as well as the significance of his participation in the seminal 1969 exhibition TV As a Creative Medium at the Howard Wise Gallery. Full versions of these documents may be read by clicking on the appropriate links.

Radical Software, vol. 1, no. 2, 1970

In this extensive interview with Jud Yalkut, Eric Siegel discusses how he began working with video and speculates on the future of video art.


Interview with Eric Siegel by Jud Yalkut (1973)
Pioneers of Electronic Art, Ars Electronica, 1992
(Also in Yalkut's Electronic Zen: The Alternate Video Generation,"The new video abstractionists," unpublished)

In this interview with Eric Siegel by Jud Yalkut, Siegel discusses his recently developed Video Chrominance Synthesizer and Electronic Video Synthesizer; he also presents his utopian idea of using the video synthesizer to transmit positive energy.


The Electronic Video Synthesizer: Interview with Eric Siegel by Jud Yalkut (1970-73)
Published in Ohio Media, Dayton, Ohio, Vol.1, No. 2/3, December 1977/January 1978.
Also in Electronic Zen, 1984 (unpublished)

This article is compiled from two interviews that Jud Yalkut made with Eric Siegel in the early 70s.


Statement: Eric Siegel (2001)

Written for the Kinetic History project on the occasion of EAI's 30th anniversary in 2001, this text by Siegel traces his fascination with the potential of electronics and video equipment, beginning with his childhood.