Friday, 30 May 2014

NOT ABOUT ART: A sampler of short films by AL RAZUTIS—VISUAL ALCHEMY

NOT ABOUT ART: A sampler of short films by AL RAZUTIS—VISUAL ALCHEMY

1200 N Alvarado St. (@ Sunset Blvd.) Los Angeles, CA.

8 PM
Thursday, June 12 

Celebrating avant-garde, Structuralist, formalist, mythopoeic, Situationist and anarchist influences over nearly 50 years of film-making, Al Razutis is pioneer in film/video hybrids, optical manipulations, radical media performance, holographic and 3-D art practice, and all-around troublemaking. Filmmaker will be in attendance to introduce, comment, and engage with audience on the film-forms, context, and interpretation of film practice outside of art institutions, outside of commercial and popular notions of film as experimental and underground cinema. Al Razutis in person!

ANALOG DREAMSCAPE: Video & Computer Art in Chicago 1973-1985

Video & Computer Art in Chicago 1973-1985

Friday, June 13th @ 7pm

University of Illinois at Chicago

Institute for the Humanities

701 South Morgan, Lower Level - Stevenson Hall

Chicago, IL 60607

In partnership with the Institute for Humanities at UIC, South Side Projections presents ANALOG DREAMSCAPE, a screening and discussion with Daniel J. Sandin and new media historian Jon Cates. Sandin is a trailblazing video artist and director emeritus of the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (co-founded with Tom DeFanti), an interdisciplinary program at the crossroads of art and computer science. Among his many technological accomplishments is the Sandin Image Processor, and analog video synthesizer made in 1973 with the revolutionary ability to radically manipulate images in real time. An early advocate for the DIY, open source ethos, Sandin made the blueprints of rht Image Processor available to the public so that others could hack his original design. The result was a treasure trove of abstract, psychedelic short films that remain utterly hypnotic three decades later. Similar to contemporary glitch aesthetics, the artwork made with the Image Processor conjures up the unconscious of a circuit board, creating a chromatic blur of geometric shapes and patterns. EVL colleague Larry Cube used technology to creating the 3-D computer models used in the Death Star briefing room sequence of Star Wars: A New Hope. Sandin’s additional credits include the first data glove, a device used to control computers via finger movement, and the CAVE™, and immersive virtual reality environment inspired by the Plato’s allegory. He has received numerous grants and his early video “Spiral PTL” (made in collaboration with DeFanti and Mimi Shevitz) is featured in the inaugural collection of video art at the Museum of Modern Art. This program will feature a retrospective of work created by Sandin and others (from both UIC and SAIC) using the Image Processor and early digital computer systems developed at EVL. For more information visit

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Sketches of my Sister Plus Laurie


"Experimental video produced at Electron Movers, a video art coop in 1975. The video is made on 1/2" EIAJ B&W video. The dancers are delayed by running the video between two video tape decks. Te sound was produced on a Buchala audio Synthesizer at the national center for Experiments in Television. The video processing equipment was built by George Brown and Built by Alan Powell."

Sunday, 18 May 2014

F.C. Judd

The work of Frederick Charles Judd previously neglected somewhat by the history books, has over the last few years received renewed interest due to Ian Helliwell's work. Ian's articles, films and exhibitions have collected and disseminated many of Fred's forgotten work and ideas. One of these was his Chromasonics system, which effectively combined CRT based Lissajous figures with a high speed colour wheel to allow full colour display of the electronic images with movement generated by sound. Fred also wrote a series of articles in Practical Electronics magazine on how to construct such a system as well as other audio visualization techniques such as colour organs. Fred is now recognised as an important electronic and tape music composer with a re-issued collection of works available here.
I wanted to focus on his visual work, so here are a series of scans from my collection and some links.

Here are some stills of the images generated by the 
Chromasonics system 

They are very reminiscent of work by Ben F. Laposky although moving rather than static photographs. Fred was also aware of the Oramics system build by Daphne Oram which also used CRT's. Orams system however used them to turn images of waveforms into electronic signals rather than visualise the sounds themselves. Ian's film Practical Electronica contains some footage Fred created of the Chromasonics system in action. below is a full colour image from the cover of Practical electronics. Fred's work on audio definitely inspired wide range of experimenters, I wonder if any visual work by his readers survive. 

Here are some images the construction of the Chromasonics system notice the large colour wheel that synchronised with the refresh rate of the displayed images so as to selectively colourise different signals allowing for multi colour display.

Here are some stills of Chromasonics and the trailer for Ian's film

These are some clippings of the the displays Fred developed.

And finally a few pics of Fred at work creating sound!

Practical Electronica will be screened on Tuesday in London link to the event here 

Friday, 16 May 2014

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Carlie don't surf

Matt Levy and Nick Ciontea on elektronA4 and makenoise 6u respectively.
video patch from the brownshoesonly archive

Reality TV Video Synth Test

Friday, 2 May 2014

Film Night Documentation

The film night went very well, and a few of the London based artists managed to meet for the first time which was cool, It was very nice to see this kind of work in the real world and I am looking to scale up for the next screening possibly with a live element so watch out for that

Thanks to Ben for putting the event on, Alex, James, Kate, Jerry, Lawrence, Andi and Gary and everyone else who made it down to watch and all the artists who participated, here are some shots the first few are from Alex.