Noisefields
The Vasulkas, 1974, 6'04''

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In 'Noisefields', a field of video snow, or noise, flashes alternately in a rhythmic pattern on the screen. This experiment with 'video flicker' produces a mesmerizing image with a dense texture defined by a circular shape set within the rectangular screen. The work is an important example of early attempts to visualise the materiality of an electronic signal, and is accompanied by a rich static sound which is modulated by the energy content of the video. The Vasulkas pioneered exploration of a formal language specific to the genre, (generation of real-time effects, keying, feedback), that has subsequently opened up the space 'behind the lens', furthering possibilities of observing the medium from new perspectives.

  • Date: 1974
  • Length: 6'04''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: abstraction, medium-specific
  • Keywords: electronics, image, interaction sound/image, sound (subject), video (subject)