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"Orbital Obsessions" is a compilation from the "Machine Vision" project of installations and videotapes that used mechanized modes of camera control to address human perception.
The work combines segments from several tapes that Steina produced in the Vasulkas' studio in Buffalo, New York, from 1975 to 1977, including excerpts from "Signifying Nothing" (1975), "Sound and Fury" (1975), "Switch! Monitor! Drift!" (1976) and "Snowed Tapes" (1977). "Orbital Obsessions" superimposes and alters these different image sources through processing, keying, and sequencing devices that simultaneously record and play the effects as they occur.
In these works Steina focuses on time, space, and movement, and the means by which the mechanical can inform and engage with ele…tronic media. The work was also created during the mid seventies, a time that Steina was deeply involved in experimentation and during which time process was frequently considered equally important to product. Read more...