The Emergence of Video Processing Tools

Television Becoming Unglued

Edited by Kathy High, Sherry Miller Hocking, and Mona Jimenez

Edited by Kathy High, Sherry Miller Hocking, and Mona Jimenez

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

442 pages | 2 volumes; 170 halftones | 7 x 9
Paper $86.00 ISBN: 9781841506630 Published May 2014

The Emergence of Video Processing Tools presents stories of the  development of early video tools and systems designed and built by  artists and technologists during the late 1960s and ’70s. Split over two volumes, the contributors examine the intersection of art and science and look at collaborations among inventors, designers, and artists trying to create new tools to  capture and manipulate images in revolutionary ways. The contributors  include “video pioneers,” who have been active  since the  emergence of the aesthetic, and technologists, who continue to design,  build, and hack media tools. The book also looks at contemporary toolmakers and the relationship between  these new tools and the past. Video and media production is a growing  area of interest in art and this collection will be an indispensable  guide to its origins and its  future.

Contents

Volume 1

 

Acknowledgments       

Preface                       

 

Section 1: Histories

 

Introduction

Kathy High

 

Beginnings (With Artist Manifestos)

Kathy High

 

Mapping Video Art as Category, or an Archaeology of the

Conceptualizations of Video

Jeremy Culler

 

Impulses – Tools

Christiane Paul and Jack Toolin

 

The Art-Style Computer-Processing System, 1974

Tom Sherman

 

Machine Aesthetics Are Always Modern

Tom Sherman

 

Electronic Video Instruments and Public Sector Funding

Mona Jimenez

 

TV Lab: Image-making Tools

Howard Weinberg

 

The New Television Workshop at WGBH, Boston

John Minkowsky

 

The National Center for Experiments in Television at KQED-TV, San Francisco

John Minkowsky

 

The Experimental Television Center: Advancing Alternative Production

Resources, Artist Collectives and Electronic Video-Imaging Systems

Jeremy Culler

 

Interstitial Images: Histories

 

Section 2: People and Networks

 

Introduction

Sherry Miller Hocking

 

From Component Level: Interview With LoVid

Michael Connor

 

Memory Series – Phosphography in CRT 5", Mexico, 2005

Carolina Esparragoza

 

The Rhetoric of Soft Tools

Marisa Olson

 

Jeremy Bailey and His ‘Total Symbiotic Art System’

Carolyn Tennant

 

De-commodification of Artworks: Networked Fantasy of the Open

Timothy Murray

 

Virtuosity as Creative Freedom

Michael Century

 

Distribution Religion

Dan Sandin and Phil Morton

 

A Toy for a Toy

Ralph Hocking

 

Woody Vasulka: Dialogue With the (Demons in the) Tool

Lenka Dolanova with Woody Vasulka

 

A Demo Tape on How to Play Video on a Violin

Jean Gagnon

 

Application to the Guggenheim Foundation, 1980

Ralph Hocking

 

Thoughts on Collaboration: Art and Technology

Sherry Miller Hocking

 

Interstitial Images: People and Networks

Index

Color Plates

 

Volume 2

 

Section 3: Tools

 

Introduction

Mona Jimenez

 

Mods, Pods and Designs: Designing Tools and Systems

Kathy High

 

Computer-Based Video Synthesizer System, ETC

Donald McArthur, Walter Wright and Richard Brewster

 

Design/Electronic Arts: The Buffalo Conference, March 10–13, 1977

John Minkowsky

 

Instruments, Apparel, Apparatus: An Essay of Definitions

Jean Gagnon

 

Expanding ‘Image-processed Video’ as Art: Subverting and Building

Control Systems

Jeremy Culler

 

The Grammar of Electronic Image Processing

Sherry Miller Hocking

 

ETC’s System

Hank Rudolph

 

On Voltage Control: An Interview With Hank Rudolph

Kathy High and Mona Jimenez

 

“Insofar as the rose can remember…”

Carolyn Tennant

 

Analog to Digital: Artists Using Technology

Yvonne Spielmann

 

Analog Meets Digital In and Around the Experimental Television Center

Kathy High, Mona Jimenez and Dave Jones

 

Multi-tracking Control Voltages: HARPO

Carl Geiger and Mona Jimenez

 

Finding the Tiny Dot: Designing Pantomation

Mona Jimenez

 

Preserving Machines

Mona Jimenez

 

A Catalog Record for the Raster Manipulation Unit

Mona Jimenez

 

Copying-It-Right: Archiving the Media Art of Phil Morton

Jon Cates

 

Proposal for Low-cost Retrieval of Early Videotapes Produced on

Obsolete Equipment and/or Videotape That Will Not Play Back, or

Resurrection Bus (1980)

Ralph Hocking

 

Interstitial Images: Tools

Author Biographies

Index

Color Plates

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