Early Video Art

Early Video Art is a collection of over 200 titles that are central to an understanding of the historical development of video art. This collection includes, but is not limited to, many titles from the original Castelli-Sonnabend collection, the first and most prominent collection of video art assembled in the United States. All of the work in this collection was produced between 1968 and 1980. These works represent important examples of the first experiments in video art, and include conceptual and feminist performances recorded on video, experiments with the video signal, and "guerilla" documentaries representing a counter-cultural view of the historical events of the 1960s and 70s. Many of these tapes represent a desire for a radically redefined television experience that is centered on the innovative, the personal, the political and the non-commercial.
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Most of TVTV’s work takes place in the city, at the center of some pop culture event. “The Good Times Are Killing Me” takes place in the country – Southwest Louisiana, around the towns of Mamou and Eunice, the heart of Cajun country. This is an...

 

Collection: New Releases, Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: documentary, humor, television, video history

Peer Bode, Animal Migrations (and why they don't get lost)
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"This is the first of a set of pieces that involve combining a series of electronic video process recordings, musics, texts and appropriated materials. These multiple elements, simple and tricky grammars, trigger expanding electronic narratives....

 

Collection: New Releases, Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: animals, found footage, memory, video history

Camel with Window Memory
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"The Camel with Window Memory piece was made one weekend in the early '80's. I pulled out my post card collection and began to look at specific postcards run through the new digital video buffer I had built together with David Jones. The...

 

Collection: New Releases, Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: animals, image processing, video history

Peer Bode, Rectangular Update
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"I was looking at postcards run through the David Jones digital video frame buffer.  The buffer had two inputs, a video image of white noise and a video image of holding a post card, blank back to the camera as a clip. The post card shape...

 

Collection: New Releases, Early Video Art, Single Titles

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Peer Bode, Flute With Shift
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"Newly hand-built digital video A to D and D to A with ALU bit flipping. Controlled by an ELF II computer. The image brightness changes also controlled analog synthesizer parameters of the live flute playing. I sat in the camera image zone and...

 

Collection: New Releases, Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: performance, sound, video history

Peer Bode, Light Bulb with circular update (camera zoom + pan + variable clock)
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"Real time digital buffer recording, light bulb, panning camera motor and turntable. Light Bulb, the title says it almost all. Real time recording events. Two cameras, light bulb, camera panning motor, electric lazy susan, spinning white paper...

 

Collection: New Releases, Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: image processing, memory, video history

1978 | 08:14
Peer Bode, Ring Modulation
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"Image states / sound states. A bell, hand held, ringing, two oscillators each independently controlling a sync event -- a red and blue color together with sound and no sound state and a sweeping video clip, together with audio filtering. ...

 

Collection: New Releases, Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: visual art

1978 | 02:44
Peer Bode, Vibratory Sweep
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"A hand made raster deflection unit was used, inspired by Nam June Paik's video synthesizer system. I also used a TV repair person's test signal grid, early digital. Two b+w video cameras, audio oscillator sweeping up and then down. More keying...

 

Collection: New Releases, Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: image processing, video history

Peer Bode, Front Hand Back Hand
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"Actions, states, one B+W video camera, the Paik Abe Colorizer, a video switcher. The two states, a b a b, I put my hand in the camera frame and saw a colored hand shifting. I moved my, the, hand, including back and forth, realizing or connecting...

 

Collection: New Releases, Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: humor, image processing, performance, video history