Electromediascope Fall 2009: Selected Works of Steina and Woody Vasulka

September 11, 2009—September 25, 2009

Specific dates: Sept. 11, 18 and 25

All programs begin at 7 p.m. in Atkins Auditorium

The art scene in New York City during the mid-1960s and early 1970s was one of social fermentation where dialogs between artists of all kinds were breaking down barriers between disciplines, and new audiences for many forms of contemporary art and culture were emerging.

During this time the Vasulkas began experimenting with real time video image manipulation including audio modulations of the live video signal. Since then their work has continued to be innovative in terms of the history of video art, but more importantly, the body of work they have produced collaboratively and as individual artists has played a significant role in the development of what is now being charted as the broader field of electronic (new) media.

Steina’s many video works are beautiful examples of her sustained experimentation over many years with analog and digital signal processing and aspects of machine vision. Her videos take many forms including single-channel and multiple monitor works, projection environments, non-narrative database sequencing and the use of electromechanical-kinetic optical apparatus.

Woody Vasulka’s early studies of signal processing explored unique ways of encoding displacement functions in relation to video raster topologies of the human face. Through the use of electronics, optics, engineering and computer programming he has produced new forms of media constructions including hybrid automata and electromechanical systems that explore cultural and psychological aspects of human interaction with advanced military technology and the subjectivity of war machines.



Programs begin at 7 p.m. in Atkins Auditorium. FREE; tickets required.

Sept. 11
The Vasulkas’ film Participation documents the New York art scene in the late 1960s and early 70s, whileThe Commission is an epic electronic opera which confronts myths of Romanticism, history and art making.


Sept. 18
A selection of the Vasulkas’ works will be viewed including Activities, Land of Timoteus, Orbital Obsessions, Violin Power, Bad, Lilith, A So Desu Ka, In the Land of the Elevator Girls, Trevor, and Warp.


Sept. 25
Artists Steina and Woody Vasulka will present and discuss their works Studies for Brotherhood and Brotherhood – 6 Media Constructions.



Image: Steina and Woddy Vasulka on location in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, gathering images for “The West.” Photo by Mendel Rubenstein, 1981.

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