Eigenwelt der Apparatewelt: Pioniere der Elektronischen Kunst = Pioneers of Electronic Art. - 1953-2000; (particularly 1971-1990). - 1.43 meter of textual and other documents.
Scope and content:
In 1990, at the invitation of Peter Weibel, who then headed up the Ars Electronica Center (Linz, Austria), Steina and Woody Vasulka began organizing Eigenwelt der Apparatewelt: Pioniere der Elektronischen Kunst = Pioneers of Electronic Art
, an event to be held within the 1992 Ars Electronica festival
in Linz, Austria. Mainly showcasing original devices still in working order, the exhibition explored the use that artists made of such instruments when a formal vocabulary specific to video was being defined.
As well as chronicling the design stages of the exhibition, this series provides information about a pivotal period in the sixties and seventies when artists and engineers were developing technological components to broaden the range of televisual imagery.
Assembled by Steina and Woody Vasulka over the course of their career or collected during their research, the files gathered in this series contain administrative correspondence, biographical notes, technical data sheets and drawings, patents, instruction manuals and certain manuscripts and reports by the designers dealing with technical aspects of how the devices operated or describing the effects these devices produced. The series also includes files on pioneer artists in electronic art whose work represents an example of the use of these technological components for aesthetic exploration.
Title based on the content of the series. - Documents in English and German. - Originals and reproductions. - Restrictions to the consultation of manuscripts, typescripts and some unpublished documents by authors other than Steina and Woody Vasulka may apply. - The person who processed the documents established the arrangement of documents in the files. - Some files linked to this series were collected together under "Artists," a heading chosen by the Vasulkas. - The files from this initial classification not appearing in the series Eigenwelt der Apparatewelt: Pioniere der Elektronischen Kunst = Pioneers of Electronic Art
are now included in the series Artists, Instruments Makers and organizations linked to the Development and History of Video Art
[List of content...]