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The Early Media Instruments DVD Set features demonstrations by Dave Jones, Hank Rudolph and Benton C Bainbridge of some of the most influential real-time analog video processing tools used by media artists internationally. Many were designed in the 1970s.

 

Each of the 8 DVDs covers the purpose, operation and function of a specific instrument.

 

Instruments include:

• Jones Colorizer
• Jones Frame Buffer
• Jones Keyer
• Jones Sequencer
• Paik / Abe Video Synthesizer
• Raster Manipulation Unit - Wobbulator
• Rutt / Etra Model RE-4 Video Synthesizer
• Sandin Image Processor

Documentation by Carolyn Tennant, Pamela Susan Hawkins, Hank Rudolph, Mona Jimenez and Kathy High with Meredith Baxter, Monica Duncan, Neil Fried, Annie Langan, Michael Montagne, Yesael Sumalave and Terese Longova. Design and post also by Matthew Underwood...

Beginning in the late 1960s, artists and technologists began to custom-create hardware and software for real-time manipulation of video signals through original designs or as hacks to devices common to television production. Contemporary artists and tool designers continue this work in analog and digital domains in an expanded media environment. This program will bring focus to the social and artistic dimensions of custom tool development, and to the dual impulses to create new instruments and conserve and use older ones.
 
In conversation will be inventor Dave Jones, whose video instruments span forty years, artists-designers Kyle Lapidus and Tali Hinkis of LoVid, Rhizome conservator Dragan Espenschied, and Hank Rudolph of the artist space Signal Culture and the Experimental Television Center.  
 
The panel marks and celebrates the publication of The Emergence of Video Processing Tools: Television Becoming Unglued, edited by Kathy High, Sherry Miller Hocking, and Mona Jimenez (Intellect Books, 2014). The book discusses such early video instruments including the Raster Manipulation Unit (aka the Wobbulator...

New Museum Theater
Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 3PM

$6 Members, $8 General Public

Beginning in the late 1960s, artists and technologists began to custom-create hardware and software for real-time manipulation of video signals through original designs or as hacks to devices common to television production. Contemporary artists and tool designers continue this work in analog and digital domains in an expanded media environment. This program will bring focus to the social and artistic dimensions of custom tool development, and to the dual impulses to...

The Emergence of Video Processing Tools presents stories of the development of early video tools and systems designed and built by artists and technologists during the late 1960s and 70s. Split over two volumes, the contributors examine the intersection of art and science and look at collaborations among inventors, designers, and artists trying to create new tools to capture and manipulate images in revolutionary ways. The contributors include “video pioneers,” who have been active since the emergence of the aesthetic, and technologists, who continue to design, build, and hack media tools. The book also looks at contemporary toolmakers and the...

 

ETC: Experimental Television Center 1969-2009

The Experimental Television Center is pleased to announce that Video Data Bank is distributing ETC: Experimental Television Center 1969-2009, a five DVD set with 132 page catalog. The collection presents the electronic media work of over one...

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