C-Trend
Woody Vasulka, 1974, 8'29''

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This tape belongs to the series of experiments with Rutt/Etra Scan Processor (alongside other works such as "Reminiscence" (1974) and "Telc", among others). The Scan Processor is a scan deflection tool designed by Steve Rutt and Bill Etra in 1973. "C-Trend" interrelates the two different functions of the Scan Processor: one being raster manipulation and the other line deflection.

The video imagery of "C-Trend" depicts the experiment of recording images and sounds with a camera pointing out of the window onto street traffic. The visual material is then re-timed and processed in the Scan Processor, where it is reshaped, compressed, and eventually divided in two differently shaped segments and finally presented as an unfamiliar form. The recorded sound remain
unaltered.

The resultant effect of this operation is the visualised tension between what Woody describes as "frame-bound" and "frame-unbound" video. That is a tension between the live character of the sound that maintains relations to the "real" world, and the artificial object, that in its freely traveling abstractness nevertheless still refers to the depicted scene.

This work is also featured alongside the titles "Vocabulary", "The Matter" and "Explanation" in the 1973-1974 compilation Selected Works I.
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  • Date: 1974
  • Length: 8'29''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: conceptual, computer animation, abstraction
  • Keywords: video (subject), technology, process, perception, movement, image, electronics, deconstruction