The Emergence of Video Processing Tools: Television becoming unglued


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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 relationship between these new tools and the past. Video and media production is a growing area of interest in art and this collection will be an indispensable guide to its origins and its future.

It explores the impulses underlying tool creation, and the systems that help collaborations in art and science flourish. It looks at the social and economic matrices of support for designing tools as well as the organizational principles that encourage artists to use them. It explores the language artists used to describe the works they created with these tools - variously called electronic image-processing, video synthesis, video art - all flawed. It portrays an intensive study of the language of the video image by artists using these initial personal media-making tools. It presents models for understanding the tools and systems, and how they were used, and explores the possibilities of preserving them.

Contents: Volume 1

Acknowledgments Preface

Section 1: Histories

- Introduction, by Kathy High - Beginnings (With Artist Manifestos), by Kathy High - Mapping Video Art as Category, or an Archaeology of the Conceptualizations of Video, by Jeremy Culler - Impulses – Tools, by Christiane Paul and Jack Toolin - The Art-Style Computer-Processing System, 1974, by Tom Sherman - Machine Aesthetics Are Always Modern, by Tom Sherman - Electronic Video Instruments and Public Sector Funding, by Mona Jimenez - TV Lab: Image-making Tools, by Howard Weinberg - The New Television Workshop at WGBH, Boston, by John Minkowsky - The National Center for Experiments in Television at KQED-TV, San Francisco, by John Minkowsky - The Experimental Television Center: Advancing Alternative Production Resources, Artist Collectives and Electronic Video-Imaging Systems, by Jeremy Culler

Interstitial Images: Histories

Section 2: People and Networks

- Introduction, by Sherry Miller Hocking - From Component Level: Interview With LoVid, by Michael Connor - Memory Series – Phosphography in CRT 5", Mexico, 2005, by Carolina Esparragoza - The Rhetoric of Soft Tools, by Marisa Olson - Jeremy Bailey and His ‘Total Symbiotic Art System’, by Carolyn Tennant - De-commodification of Artworks: Networked Fantasy of the Open, by Timothy Murray - Virtuosity as Creative Freedom, by Michael Century - Distribution Religion, by Dan Sandin and Phil Morton - A Toy for a Toy, by Ralph Hocking - Woody Vasulka: Dialogue With the (Demons in the) Tool, by Lenka Dolanova with Woody Vasulka - A Demo Tape on How to Play Video on a Violin, by Jean Gagnon - Application to the Guggenheim Foundation, 1980, by Ralph Hocking - Thoughts on Collaboration: Art and Technology, by Sherry Miller Hocking

Interstitial Images: People and Networks Index Color Plates

Volume 2 Section 3: Tools

- Introduction, by Mona Jimenez - Mods, Pods and Designs: Designing Tools and Systems, by Kathy High - Computer-Based Video Synthesizer System, ETC, by Donald McArthur, Walter Wright and Richard Brewster - Design/Electronic Arts: The Buffalo Conference, March 10–13, 1977, by John Minkowsky - Instruments, Apparel, Apparatus: An Essay of Definitions, by Jean Gagnon - Expanding ‘Image-processed Video’ as Art: Subverting and Building Control Systems, by Jeremy Culler - The Grammar of Electronic Image Processing, by Sherry Miller Hocking - ETC’s System, by Hank Rudolph - On Voltage Control: An Interview With Hank Rudolph, by Kathy High and Mona Jimenez - “Insofar as the rose can remember…”, by Carolyn Tennant - Analog to Digital: Artists Using Technology, by Yvonne Spielmann - Analog Meets Digital In and Around the Experimental Television Center, by Kathy High, Mona Jimenez and Dave Jones - Multi-tracking Control Voltages: HARPO, by Carl Geiger and Mona Jimenez - Finding the Tiny Dot: Designing Pantomation, by Mona Jimenez - Preserving Machines, by Mona Jimenez - A Catalog Record for the Raster Manipulation Unit, by Mona Jimenez - Copying-It-Right: Archiving the Media Art of Phil Morton, by Jon Cates - Proposal for Low-cost Retrieval of Early Videotapes Produced on Obsolete Equipment and/or Videotape That Will Not Play Back, or Resurrection Bus (1980), by Ralph Hocking

Interstitial Images: Tools Author Biographies Index Color Plates

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Kathy High, Sherry Miller Hocking, Mona Jimenez (editors)


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Thursday, May 15, 2014