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.
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: 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.  Both...

 

Collection: 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: 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 to...

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: humor, image processing, performance, video history

Peer Bode, Keying Distinctions
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"Bricks, white noise, video. Free floating sync, altered, drifiting camera: video image and time. Keying permutations, switching via gray level values, using a modified b+w Sony special effects generator (SEG). Building the building, one brick at a...

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: image processing, language, video history

Peer Bode, 100 Sec. Lumination
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"My first digital recording and my first and only recording with Don McArthur's "Spatial and Intensity Digitizer". The digitizer was not working properly. I had no idea. The shift I saw was stunning. Digitalization of luminosity, strange notion,...

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: image processing, time, video history

Pere Bode, Cup Mix (2 Channels)
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"A cup and saucer, pouring and drinking coffee, a duration ritual of contemplation and invigoration, doubled (tape copied), mixed, keyed + synthetic color, normal play and rewinding, sync events, the opening of a space to put the self in. 1/2 inch b...

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: image processing, memory, performance, video history

1976 | 04:35
Peer Bode, 1-87
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"Inspired by Ralph Hocking's fish biting video.  Eighty-seven stones thrown, volumes shifting of water sound, a real time performance event. Holding the camera and throwing 87 stones into the frame. 1/2" reel to reel Sony portapack."  –...

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: mental landscape, performance, video history

1976 | 05:07
Peer Bode, Blue
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"An electronic synthetic color video, based on a memory of Larry Gottheim's film Blues.  Natural and electronic real time events, new American electronic cinema. B&W video camera, Paik-Abe colorizer, 1/2" vtr, blue berries, bowl and milk....

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: image processing, performance, video history