Thursday, 11 December 2014

F & S Themerson

Here is a great early visual music film by Franciszka and Stefan Themerson from 1944/45 The Eye and the Ear.

Friday, 28 November 2014

Gieskes 3TrinsRGB1

Gieskes has come out with a lovely little closed architecture video synthesizer with a small break out bread board which opens up the whole thing to more interesting exploitation. Beautiful stuff.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Just Jam Barbican

Got some work in this thing, coming up soon, along with lots of other nice artists and musicians.

Peter Chamberlain

Peter C has uploaded some amazing work from earlier in his career.

Analogue Video Workshop

So the Video Workshop went really well, we are planning to do more but I also have a bunch of other related projects going on at the moment, so if you want to host one send me an email and I am sure we could work something out. I currently have a diy sync-gen on the workbench and have been generating a lot of footage, theres nothing like meeting a bunch of people and getting them enthusiastic about video art to scare you into finishing some of your own work. Thanks to all who were involved in putting the workshop on including Encounters, Seeing Sound, Arnolfini and Bath Spa University.

oh yeah and one of the attendees wrote us a very nice review, which I think is a really kind thing I should do more often when I go to talks.

Here are two shots of Alex's video synthesis lesson.

Sismo VGA Box

Here is what looks like a simple VGA breakout box for eurorack standard synths, pretty fun way to get it to video synthesis, you could have something similar together in an afternoon and use any audio source as an input. 

And sometimes you find something you really shouldn't have missed 

"Secret Cinema was an email list that provided announcements of avant-garde & artists' film and video screenings in London. Secret Cinema ran from 2001-2011, and this blog covers events from 2006 onwards. Subscribers received information about more events than are listed on this website."

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Why Not, Jim Sosnin (1980)

A recent upload by Jim Sosnin drawn to my attention by the ever vigilant Jeffrey

"Video synthesis demo from 1980, realised using EMS Spectron video synth plus some homebrew gear. The audio was created in 1978 using 3 Transaudio synths linked together. This digital transfer via an old U-matic (3/4-inch format) VCR, repaired for the occasion, to retrieve original stereo audio (my more recent VHS copy had mono audio only)."

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Peter Sedgley

Peter Sedgley's Video Discs and Kinetic work seem to fit well in here.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Video Workshop

Here are pics of the analogue video workshop packs each attendee will be getting tomorrow!

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Tomislav Mikulic

"Tomislav Mikulic is a Croatian computer Graphics pioneer who exhibited at the Tendencies 5 in Zagreb(former Yugoslavia) in 1973 at the age of 20. He had composed the First Yugoslav Computer Animation Film which had it’s premiere on 13th May 1976 in Zagreb.324"

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Richard Paul Lohse

Picked up an exhibition catalogue of a Richard Paul Lohse show from 1970. There were some pretty interesting diagrams of the systems he used to construct his images. Similar concerns to early computer art/constructivist type stuff. Different image generation/process control systems are interesting me at the moment. from multi plane cameras, to the scanimate to digital software but somthing about doing things hands on like Lohse is still interesting.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Bristol Video Workshop

So Alex and I will be teaching a beginners workshop in analogue video techniques as part of Encounters Festival at the Arnolfini Gallery on Saturday the 20th of September. The whole reason and drive behind the workshop is as  part of Mclaren 2014 a celebration of Norman McLaren's work and  life. Joseph who is the force behind Seeing Sound festival asked if I would put together a workshop exploring some analogue video techniques. The Arnolfini is one of my favourite venues down south, I recently caught a screening of Jordan Belson's work on film which absolutely blew me away and they seem to have a regular program of interesting audio visual and electronic performance stuff. Alex and I have prepared a simple starter in to the world of electronic video with some basic experiments to try and a little background history.

Chris J King and Alexander Peverett
10:00 – 13:00
Mclaren for event page
Media Artists Chris J King and Alexander Peverett will present a workshop on hands on video techniques influenced by McLaren. The themes in McLaren’s work of drawn sound and visual music were expanded by later artists using electronic video and video synthesis. The workshop will include an introduction to both the historical and technical aspects of electronic video work as well as the construction of a simple circuit and experimentation with video feedback. Be prepared for vivid colours, frenetic sounds and dancing shapes! The cost includes all the parts to make your circuit to take away and play with as well as mirrors to manipulate video feedback and a small publication containing all the information covered in the workshop.

Monday, 4 August 2014

South Kiosk Summer Screen #2 - Oscillate Wildly

South Kiosk have turned their gallery into a screening space, for a series of one-off events taking place over the course of latter summer months.

For the second installment of their Summer Screen programme, South Kiosk will work with a number of artists, musicians and technologists to construct an immersive installation of flickering CRT surfaces. The various works will offer up a series of experiments in visual mutation through analogue processes, and the degradation of video signal and the VHS tape format. These different approaches offer perspective on a particular branch of filmmaking, and sonic experimentation.

Featuring work by: James Alec Hardy, Phil Baljeu, Will Cenci, Greg Zifcak, Dan Sandin!

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Chromaton 14

Chromaton 14

"The Chromaton 14 was designed and manufactured by Ralph Wenger in 1977, and released by BJA Systems

Sunday, 15 June 2014

√Čtienne-Jules Marey & Georges Demeny

Marey & Demeny both photographers and inventors in France, working at the same time as Muybridge (and perhaps even more pioneering!) established a programme of research which was to lead to the creation of the ‘Station Physiologique' where they would use a variety of methods to visually record and study various kinds of movement. This was all going on at the dawn of film and many of their inventions were precursors or direct ancestors of the standard film camera and projector. They also recorded some images of sound , data and movement as light which is what I am interested in (see this post on early sound visualization/ photoacoustics)

Friday, 6 June 2014

Live Performance

So me and Dale played live on tuesday, here are some video and audio shot by Anne.
Dale plays his cassette tape images as scores that are also instruments, I am generating audio from my modular and video from DIY circuits and a fed back video mixer. I'm playing solo in London on Saturday here .

Film Preservation

Forgot to post these photos from some amazing training I did. If anyone wants to let me look after their video art, computer art or abstract animation I would be more than happy to help.