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15 Nov 2005 00:00 - 31 Jan 2006 00:00

Vasulka Lab 1969 –2000 / Czechnology II

Vasulka Lab is the first UK exhibition of seminal works by pioneering media artists Woody and Steina Vasulka. Consisting of selected screen works, installations and seminars, it provides the British audience with the first comprehensive overview of the Vasulkas work.

 

 

 

Vasulka Lab is the first UK exhibition of seminal works by pioneering media artists Woody and Steina Vasulka. Consisting of selected screen works, installations and seminars, it provides the British audience with the first comprehensive overview of the Vasulkas work.

 

Woody Vasulka (b.1937 Czechoslovakia) and Steina Vasulka (b. 1940 Iceland) are key figures in the development of media art. Their thirty five-year careers span the birth of video art, and the ongoing journey from analogue to digital to current dialogue with emerging media and interdisciplinary art activity.

 

Since 1969 Vasulkas have undertaken a dynamic formal exploration of the electro-magnetic image. They were the first of a generation to “open the box”: literally to rip apart pre-set commercial, manufactured media systems. In 1971 they co-founded The Kitchen with Andy Mannick, an electronic arts and sound “test laboratory’ which became central to the New York artistic counter culture and exists as a multi-media space today. In 1992, the Vasulkas were invited by Peter Weibel to curate Eigenwelt der Apparate Welt (Pioneers of Electronic Art) for Ars Electronica, an overview of the audio and visual devices developed through media art.

 

Throughout the 1970’s - 90’s to the present, the Vasulkas have continued to work in collaboration with creative engineers. Their constantly developing practice is a testament to the marriage of critical and practical dialogues between art and technology, engineering and aesthetics which has resulted in a completely new narrative of digital space.

 

 

Programme 1: PARTICIPATION 1969-71, 62 mins

 

15 November 05 - 31 January 2006

A pioneering video-document made with the early Sony Portapak video system. Featuring Don Cherry performing in Washington Square, Warhol Superstars on stage, and Jimi Hendrix in concert , Participation captures  the Vasulkas early engagement with the USA artistic counter-culture.

 

 

Programme 2: ARTIFACTS 1970-80

 

15 November 05 - 30 January 2006

Throughout the 1970’s, the Vasulkas developed a range of electronic image tools  -‘machines’- in collaboration with a number of electronic engineers including George Brown, Eric Seigal, Jeffrey Schier, Steve Rutt and Bill Etra. This programme is concerned with the formal vocabulary developed in the process of intervention and manipulation of these legendary machines, including the Rutt/Etra Scanner and the Digital Image Articulator and employs spatial, temporal and sound/image manipulation.

Works will include: C-Trend, Noisefields,  Reminiscence, Land of Timoteus and Violin Power.

 

 

Programme 3: MACHINE VISION 1980- present

 

17 December 05 - 30 January 2006

Steina Vasulka’s interest in "machine vision" foregrounds a structural departure from other lens based recording media, and bridges the way to an algorithmic generation of images. This selection of works is pertinent to Steina’s installation series Machine Vision series begun in 1975, including  Summer Salt (1982), Allvision 1 and 11(1975-).

Works will include: Orbital Obsessions, Cantaloup, Urban Episodes and Summer Salt.

 

 

TALK with Steina and Woody Vasulka

 

29 November 2005 6.30 pm

Steina and Woody Vasulka discuss the formation of The Kitchen, the electronic arts laboratory they co-founded in 1971 and the collaborative aesthetic they continue to engage with.

 

 

 

 

Venue:

116 Long Acre
WC2E 9PA London
United Kingdom

Date

From: 15 Nov 2005 00:00
To: 31 Jan 2006 00:00

Organizer:

VIVID


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