Reminiscence
Woody Vasulka, 1974, 4'53''

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Issues of memory, history, narrative and their relationship to electronic imaging are often central concerns in Woody Vasulka's work. In 'Reminiscence' he uses the effects of the Rutt/Etra Scan Processor to make portapak video images appear as visual impressions, like distant memories. The Rutt/Etra Scan Processor is an electronic tool used in manipulating the scanning of the raster in the cathode ray tube to produce effects of compression and expansion of the video frame. In this tape of a walk through a farm in Moravia, a place of Woody Vasulka's childhood, images are processed through the scan processor so that certain elements are raised and others lowered, like memories in which some elements remain vivid and others fade. Woody Vasulka said about 'Reminisence': 'Compared to my previous work on videotape, the work with the scan processor indicates a whole different trend in my understanding of the electronic image. The rigidity and total confinement of time sequences have imprinted a didactic style on the product. Improvisational modes become less important than an exact mental script and a strong notion of the frame structure of the electronic image. Emphasis has shifted towards a recognition of a time/energy object and its programmable building block -- the waveform.' Read more...

  • Date: 1974
  • Length: 4'53''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: abstraction
  • Keywords: sound (subject), electronics, interaction sound/image, image