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The Emergence of Video Processing Tools

Television Becoming Unglued

2 volume set

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.

442 pages | 2 volumes; 170 halftones | 7 x 9


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Table of Contents

Volume 1



Section 1: Histories


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


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


Color Plates

Volume 2

Section 3: Tools


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


Color Plates

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