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Beginning in the late 1960s, artists and technologists began to custom-create hardware and software for real-time manipulation of video signals through original designs or as hacks to devices common to television production. Contemporary artists and tool designers continue this work in analog and digital domains in an expanded media environment. This program will bring focus to the social and artistic dimensions of custom tool development, and to the dual impulses to create new instruments and conserve and use older ones.
 
In conversation will be inventor Dave Jones, whose video instruments span forty years, artists-designers Kyle Lapidus and Tali Hinkis of LoVid, Rhizome conservator Dragan Espenschied, and Hank Rudolph of the artist space Signal Culture and the Experimental Television Center.  
 
The panel marks and celebrates the publication of The Emergence of Video Processing Tools: Television Becoming Unglued, edited by Kathy High, Sherry Miller Hocking, and Mona Jimenez (Intellect Books, 2014). The book discusses such early video instruments including the Raster Manipulation Unit (aka the Wobbulator...

New Museum Theater
Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 3PM

$6 Members, $8 General Public

Beginning in the late 1960s, artists and technologists began to custom-create hardware and software for real-time manipulation of video signals through original designs or as hacks to devices common to television production. Contemporary artists and tool designers continue this work in analog and digital domains in an expanded media environment. This program will bring focus to the social and artistic dimensions of custom tool development, and to the dual impulses to...

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...

 

ETC: Experimental Television Center 1969-2009

The Experimental Television Center is pleased to announce that Video Data Bank is distributing ETC: Experimental Television Center 1969-2009, a five DVD set with 132 page catalog. The collection presents the electronic media work of over one...

ETC is sad to report the passing of Dr. Don McArthur on October 7, 2012. Don worked with others at ETC on several projects including his Spatial and Intensity Digitizer, a ground-breaking instrument at the time, and the interface of a digital computer to analog video instruments. He also collaborated with Woody and Steina Vasulka on their computer system. Our sympathy is extended to his family. The obituary follows.

 

Donald retired from Lockheed-Martin in Irving, TX where he worked designing computer software and hardware for imaging systems and simulators. Survived by his son Michael, Michael’s wife Sophie Alexander and their daughter Gemma Mae Rose of Newfield, NY; His first wife Jane McArthur nee...

ETC: 1969-2009 (5 dvd set with catalog) has been named among the 50 essential artists moving image DVDs by LUX, the influential UK-based arts organization. "The list mainly favours collections and publications that include a substantial amount of contextual material around the films and on the whole it lists historical rather than contemporary work."

The Experimental Television Center closed several programs in Summer 2011, including the Residency and Grants programs. We are now concentrating our work on video history and preservation of our archives. Our moving-image collection of over 2000 works has been transferred to the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media at Cornell University, under the direction of Dr. Tim Murray.

The Experimental Television Center is pleased to announce the release of ETC: 1969-2009, a five DVD anthology set of works created by over 100 artists who have worked in Residence here during the last 40 years. The set is distributed by Electronic Arts Intermix. With catalog.

See the press release here

The Experimental Television Center administered three grants programs, all of which are now ended.

Finishing Funds - Grants to individual media artists in New York state

View 2010 Finishing Funds recipients

Presentation Funds - Grants to non-profit New York state media arts organizations for artists presentations

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Ralph Hocking, director of the Experimental Television Center has released a DVD of his video works from 1969 through 1986.

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