The Emergence of Video Processing Tools: Book Launch @ New Museum, NYC

Book launch for The Emergence of Video Processing Tools: Television Becoming Unglued, edited by Kathy High, Sherry Miller Hocking and Mona Jimenez (Intellect Books, 2014). New Museum, NYC, July 13, 2014.

Beginning in the late 1960s, artists and technologists began to custom-create hardware and software for real-time manipulation of video signals through original designs or as hacks to devices common to television production. Contemporary artists and tool designers continue this work in analog and digital domains in an expanded media environment.

This program will bring focus to the social and artistic dimensions of custom tool development, and to the dual impulses to create new instruments and conserve and use older ones. 

In conversation will be inventor Dave Jones, whose video instruments span forty years, artists-designers Kyle Lapidus and Tali Hinkis of LoVid, Rhizome conservator Dragan Espenschied, and Hank Rudolph of the artist space Signal Culture and the Experimental Television Center.

The book discusses such early video instruments including the Raster Manipulation Unit (aka the Wobbulator), the Paik/Abe Video Synthesizer, the Sandin Image Processor, the Rutt-Etra Video Synthesizer, the Digital Image Articulator, Pantomation, and the software HARPO, among others.

Panel organized by Rhizome and the New Museum’s Education Department with Experimental Television Center. 

Video courtesy of Jason Bernagozzi and Debora Bernagozzi of Signal Culture.


IMAP: Archiving the Arts

Independent Media Arts Preservation (IMAP) celebrates the launch of its new web resource Archiving the Arts and the publication of The Emergence of Video Processing Tools : Television Becoming Unglued (eds., Kathy High, Sherry Miller Hocking and Mona Jimenez) with a symposium and public program on June 13, 2015 at Burchfield Penney Art Center (BPAC), SUNY Buffalo State.

Photo courtesy of Burchfield Penny Art Center

Target participants are professionals and students with some level of expertise in audiovisual preservation. Conveners and facilitators include Andrew Ingall, Executive Director of IMAP, Archivist and Time-Based Art Conservator Jeff Martin, and Carolyn Tennant, Director of Archives and Migrating Media at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center.

Speakers include Desiree Alexander, Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art; Madeleine Casad, Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art; Tom Colley, Collection Manager, Video Data Bank; Dianne Dietrich, Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art; Athena Christa Holbrook, The Museum of Modern Art; Joan Logue, Artist; Bill Seery, Mercer Media; and Maria Elena Venuto, The Standby Program.