Artifacts
Woody Vasulka, 1980, 22'51''

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Throughout the late 1970s, the Vasulkas were occupied with designing and building the Digital Image Articulator, or Imager, with computer scientist Jeffrey Schier. At the time computers on the market were not designed for real-time image processing, so the Imager was created as a necessary tool in the Vasulka's continual study of real time video image performance. 'Artifacts' is video that shows and explains the capabilities of the Imager, and documents Woody Vasulka's experiments constructing and deconstructing digital visual imagery based on basic algorithmic principles. The instructive nature of the tape, like may others created by the Vasulkas during that period, reveals the immensity of the couple's undertaking to understand elements of their new electronc vocabulary. 'Artifacts' is the second part of the series 'Syntax of Binary Images'. It was Woody's intent to create a dialogue between artist and machine. He says in the tape, "I have to share the creative process with the machine; it is responsible for too many elements in this work. Theses images come to you as they came to me - in a spirit of exploration." Read more...

  • Date: 1980
  • Length: 22'51''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: abstraction, educational / instructive, medium-specific
  • Keywords: deconstruction, electronics, image, interaction sound/image, movement, perception, sound (subject), video (subject)