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Five-minute Romp through the IP

Dan Sandin

1973 00:06:34 United StatesEnglishB&W and ColorMono

Description

In 1973, Dan Sandin designed and built a comprehensive video instrument for artists, the Image Processor (IP), a modular, patch programmable, analog computer optimized for the manipulation of gray level information of multiple video inputs. Sandin decided that the best distribution strategy for his instrument "was to give away the plans for the IP and encourage artists to build their own copies. This gave rise to a community of artists with their own advanced video production capabilities and many shared goals and experiences." In this segment, Sandin demonstrates the routing of the camera signal through several basic modules of the IP, producing a "primitive" vocabulary of the effects specific to video.

This title is also available on Surveying the First Decade: Volume 2.

About Dan Sandin

Inventor and practioner of the Image Processor (IP), Dan Sandin is a seminal figure in the technological development of the video medium. In 1973 Sandin successfully designed and built the first Image Processor (IP) as a modular, patch programmable, analog computer optimized for the manipulation of gray level information of input video signals. The IP allows artists to freely play with the color and composition of a video image. Trained in nuclear physics, Sandin first became interested in video in 1967 while helping organize student demonstrations on the University of Illinois campus. He considers his career has having three main thrusts: “the design of electronic instruments for visual performance and personal growth; the development of educational facilities and programs related to the use of electronic screens (electronic visualization); and the production and exhibition of visual works for personal expressive reasons.” 

“About creativity—my personal view of it is kind of like I’m a pipe or conduit. And all this stuff just happens to be flowing through me because I’ve chosen to position myself in that flow.  I have no problem with the word ‘creation’ as long as people don’t lay too much molasses on it.”
—Dan Sandin

Also see:

Dan Sandin: An Interview