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Steina and Woody Vasulka

Discs, 1970

Steina and Woody Vasulka, Discs, 1970 (full version) (video)
Steina and Woody Vasulka, Discs, 1970 (full version) (video)
In the segment Discs, the Vasulkas were particularly interested in examining the horizontal traveling of the image once they discovered that video, in contrast to the verticality of the film strip, allows horizontal movement. "By time errors we could see that the frame was delayed, but we could never see its structure moving through any particular frame." (W.V.) The Vasulkas then worked with this incident in multiple ways, for example, a camera image of a reel set in motion by re-timing to the horizontal frequency. This resulted in a time delay deriving from re-entering the signal into the raster system. For example, the horizontal shift is demonstrated when the visual motif of an open reel of the video gets delayed in high density, so that a repetitive abstract pattern in motion fills the screen. Furthermore, the horizontal drift travels across a stacked array of screens thereby adding a vertical dimension to the horizontal expansion. Video, in this case, moves equally in temporal and spatial directions, to transgress the notion of a frame.

Yvonne Spielmann © 2004 FDL