Pyroglyphs
Steina, 1994

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Together with Woody Vasulka, Steina Vasulka has for many years been working as The Vasulkas Inc., husband-and-wife media artists established in the United States. Their high-tech experiments with the development of new images are landmarks in the history of media art. In her individual work, Steina focuses primarily on the optical aspect of the electronic image. The fact that she was born in Iceland, land of geysers and volcanoes, and her training as a violinist, are elements never denied in her video tapes and installations: there is often music in her work, as well as a relentless fascination for the forces of nature. The installation Pyroglyphs - 'pyro' means 'fire or heat' is built up out of twelve monitors forming a circle on the floor. The room in which he circle stands is dark. The only light beams from the monitors, which present images and sounds from a forge. The images glow with fire and sparks. There are always two images to be seen at the same time, alternate monitors show the same image. Pyroglyphs not only glows with a mythical and magic primaeval force, but also sounds like a very earthly concert of hammers, metal saws, welding machines and cutting torches. [This installation is featured on the DVD series "Installations 1975-2006" (2007).] Read more...

  • Date: 1994
  • Type: Installation
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Keywords: installation - multi-channel video installation, image, industry, light, perception