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Joan Jonas, Vertical Roll.

Vertical Roll is a 1972 video art piece by American video and performance artist Joan Jonas, and I think it was one of the earliest glitch art work and somehow it is incredibly underrated which I understand why. Glitch video always has classified under abstract videos and it took more than thirty or forty years to appear as a genre in its own (when or how it became its own it will forever oddly unknown but first time glitch art was being discussed was around 2002)

 

 

Vertical Roll is another case where time has been forces to enter the video situation, and where that time is understood as a propulsion toward and end. In this work access to a sense of time has come from fouling the stability of the projected image by desynchronizing the frequencies of the signals on a camera and monitor. The rhythmic roll of the image, as the bottom of its frame scans upward to hit the top of the screen, causes a sense of decomposition that seems to work against the grain of those 525 lines of which the video picture is made. Because one recognizes it as intended, the vertical roll appears as the agency of a will that runs counter to an electronically stabilized condition. Through the effect of its constant wiping away of the image, one has a sense of a reflexive relation to the video grid and the ground or support for what happens to the image.

Out of this is born the subjects of Vertical Roll, which visualizes time as the course of a continuous dissolve through space. In it a sequence of images and action are seen from different positions-both in terms of the camera’s distance and its orientation to a horizontal ground. With the ordinary grammar of both film and video these shifts would have to be registered either by camera movement (in which the zoom is included as one possibility) or by cutting. And while it is true that Jonas has had to use these techniques in making Vertical Roll, the constant sweep of the image renders these movements invisible. That is, grammar of the camera is eroded by the dislocating grip of the roll. As I have said, the illusion this creates is one of a continuous dissolve through time and space. The monitor, as an instrument, seems to be winding into itself a ribbon of experience, like a fishing line being taken up upon a reel, or like magnetic tape being wound upon a spool. The motion of a continuous dissolve becomes, then, a metaphor for the physical reality not only of the scan lines of the video raster, but of the physical reality of the tape deck, whose reels objectify a finite amount of time.

Earlier, I described the paradigm situation of video as a body centered between the parenthesis of camera and monitor. Due to Vertical Roll’s visual reference through he monitor’s action to the physical reality of the tape, one side of this parenthesis is made more active than the other. The monitor side of the double bracket becomes a reel through which one feels prefigured the imminence of a goal or terminus for the motion. That end is reached when Jonas, who has ben preforming the action recorded on the tape, from within the coils of the camera/monitor circuit, breaks through the parenthetical closure of the feedback situation to face the camera directly-without the agency of the monitor’s rolling image.”
-Rosalind Krauss The Aesthetics of Narcissism

 

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Side note: Joan Jonas is one of favorite artists that shifted my perspective, she once said something that I totally agree with and can’t forget.Art is a dialogue with other art, dialogue with artists, dialogue with the past, dialogue with the future, it is important dialogue to have” *so please check her out*

When Television Meets Art

no intro, here is something I recently discovered

In the late sixties WGBH (a Boston radio station) was the first who presented and collaborated with six independent video producers and aired it on television.

The Medium Is the Medium was directed by Fred Barzyk and divided into six segments where every artist experiment with technology and pursuing their individual aesthetic.

 

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Aldo Tambellini is an Italian American artist, he first began to work with “black” as a theme, which came to define his artistic expression. In his work here “Black” he catches the interaction between 30 black children and hundreds of black and white slides and films projected into space.

 

*it is impossible to find any thing about him online, really.*

The second work “Archetron” was made by Thomas Tadlock. a device which transforms a black and white broadcast into colourful ever changing kaleidoscopic patterns.

 

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Alan Kaprow was an American painter, assemblagist and a pioneer in establishing the concepts of performance art. He helped to develop the “Environment” and “Happening” in the late 1950s and 1960s, as well as their theory. Hello is a thirty minute interactive video, where groups of people dispatched to the various locations with instructions as to what they would say on camera. In this work he used five television cameras and twenty-seven monitors connected four remote locations over a closed-circuit television network.

 

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Otto Piene was a German artist specializing in kinetic and technology-based art. Electronic Light Ballet in which a girl is lifted off the ground by helium filled polyethylene tubing to the accompaniment of abstract patterns of dancing colored light.

 

 

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James Seawright  is an American modernist sculptor, by using mirrors and electronic components in his work he became a pioneer of interactive sculptures. In “Capprao For TV” Seawright use two dancers in video tape delay positive and negative color

 

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Nam June Paik was a Korean American artist. He worked with a variety of media and is considered to be the founder of video art, and he began participating in the Neo-Dada art movement, known as Fluxus, which was inspired by the composer John Cage and his use of everyday sounds and noises in his music. He made his big debut in 1963 at an exhibition known as Exposition of Music-Electronic Television.

Electronic Opera is a work that accurately refer to as ” Television Art*” and like his other works, very twisted and controversial, that raises the question of sexual difference and female sexuality alongside the interruption to the transmission of televisual content, that is, the abstraction of the television broadcast. with his address to questions of abstraction alongside the imaging of female sexuality. if, as we will see the Paik example, seem to establish the relationship between sexual difference and video in terms of an opposition between femininity-as-representation and abstraction-as-form.

Electronic Opera #1 is a layering of transmission from three different cameras and the footage from two of the perspectives was subject to the paike abe video synthesizer, or ” the Wobbulator” that turned the black and white television image into deeply saturated color. A distorted visual of a topless female dancer that produced intense RBG colorist effects, as the first short sequence of Electronic Opera is done, we hear voiceover announcement states: “Please follow this instruction: turn off your television sets.” if, in the only remaining act of participation that television allows.

We also can hear Paik instructs the viewers to close and open their eyes at certain intervals. Just when it appears the work is about to start over again from the beginning, that blank screen would provide us with a certain exemplification of abstraction-as-negation.

The final effect is a simultaneous layering of images showing three perspectives on the same figure: the archetypal classical female tri-nude configuration, the three Graces, rendered in psychedelic moving colors. On the one hand, the nude figure, like the representation of “three hippies” and the ” national political figures” — the other visual motifs featured in Electronic hippes#1 – can be understood as distinctly non-abstract elements, and iconographic invocation of the three graces only further reinforces this view.

Here is a video that shows & explains The Medium Is the Medium

(unfortunately, this is the only link on the internet, you can see it)

*The term “Television Art” is used by Christine Mehring in her account of Paik’s earliest work with television.

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 2017 Listening Log

I saw this idea online, and I was like why the fuck I don’t do it. A journal of the albums I listened through the month, I don’t know how long I will be doing it, but here we are. (The rating is tentative, I might change my rating after my 5th listen or 10000th)

Note: Most of the albums are Electronic/dark ambient/techno.

 

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Mats Gustafsson / Joachim Nordwall – A Map Of Guilt

Date listened: 07/3/17
Rating: 3.5

I downloaded this album because of Mats Gustafsson, I love when saxophone mixed with noise machines. A Map Of Guilt was an unusual album, Marks Covered by the Wet Cloth was a very experiment and interesting track. There was tracks like Allready Cold.Unprepared. was too experimental or very improvisation. I didn’t enjoy it that much.

Favorite tracks: “A Map Of Guilt” “She Denied The Grass Getting Heavier”

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AUN – Black Pyramid

Date listened: 07/5/17
Rating: 5.5

This album was in my list for too long for no reason. It gives me Sci-fi sense in a good way. It is a dark ambient, space disc: dark, noisy, pervasive from a mysterious afflated. it’s full of interesting textures, you can hear progressive electronic, drone and mysterious synthesizers. there is literally no one single weak track. it’s a solid album.

Favorite tracks: All of them? “ 2095” “Shining” ” Ursa Major”

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SNTS – Across Another Dimension

Date listened: 07/6/17
Rating: 4.5

just another awesome dark release by him ❤

Favorite tracks: “Origin of Light” “Resurgence”

 

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Helm – Silencer

Date listened: 07/6/17
Rating: 4.5

 

 

 

 

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Phurpa – Trowo Phurnag Ceremony

Date listened: 07/7/17
Rating: 3.4

probably this is the most soothing album I listen in a while.

 

 

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Prurient ‎– The History Of Aids

Date listened: 07/8/17
Rating: 4.0

A very emotional album.

Favorite tracks: “Hallucination” “Vertigo” “bittersweet”

 

 

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Suspended Memories – Earth Island

Date listened: 07/8/17
Rating: 2.0

 

 

 

 

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Raison D’être – The Empty Hollow Unfolds (expanded)

Date listened: 07/9/17
Rating: 4.0

Dark, calm and meditative atmosphere. Perfect for night.

Favorite tracks: “ِEnd of a Cycle” “The Hidden Hallows” “The Eternal Return and the Infinity Horizon”

 

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Beyond Sensory Experience – The Dull Routine Of Existence

Date listened: 07/9/17
Rating: 5.5

This is might be my favorite project of the month, I love the title and I love tracks’ titles. This album is so calm yet terrifying. The Dull Routine of Existence is, as the title says, based on routine, repetitive rhythms. Drum machines have a central role here, mostly distorted, and that’s where the industrial fits in: they really do sound like machines. It seems just like inside those big factories where they manufacture car-related things.

It’s dark ambient album with industrial elements & some pulsating arpeggios. And what I personally love about this album is the way they add samples to it and repeated it to create an ethereal sound. The samples are spoken words but some of it aren’t unrecognizable as in ” The Dreaded Sun ”

 

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Beyond Sensory Experience – Tortuna

Date listened: 07/9/17
Rating: 5.0

ofc, I didn’t get enough and I searched for more, Tortuna is their first album of a trilogy covering the three basic areas, is the result of an intense creative process performed in the nordic absence of sun and was released in early 2003. During that year, the trilogy was completed by the release of “Urmula” and “Ratan”, something about this album is really outstanding.

 

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Drew McDowall – Unnatural Channel

Date listened: 07/10/17
Rating: 2.4

hmm I don’t know but I feel this is what Holy other sound if he ever made Dark ambient music?

Favorite tracks: “Tell Me the Name”

 

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Beyond Sensory Experience – Pursuit Of Pleasure

Date listened: 07/10/17
Rating: 5.5

Favorite tracks: “Pursuit of Pleasure” “Affection / Devotion ” ” Advanced Human Sexuality (AHS)”

 

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Pan Sonic – Vakio

Date listened: 07/10/17
Rating: 4.5

I didn’t enjoy the first four tracks, but the rest was outstanding as usual.

 

 

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Taiga Remains – Crushed Radiant Deities

Date listened: 07/10/17
Rating: 2.0

Favorite tracks: “Crushed Radiant Deities” “When The Eyes Alone Can Perceive It

 

 

 

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Birchville Cat Motel – Beautiful Speck Triumph

Date listened: 07/11/17
Rating: 2.5

 

 

 

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Ramleh – Hole in The Heart

Date listened: 07/11/17
Rating: 5.5

You have to listen it on one sit. Outstanding experience.

 

 

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Calorine K – Now Wait For Last Year

Date listened: 07/13/17
Rating: 5.5

This album is underrated timeless gem, I hardly believe it’s released in 80’s! I enjoyed every moment of it.

Favorite tracks: “The Happening World” “Chearth” ” Leaving”

 

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Zero Kama – The Secret Eye of L.A.Y.L.A.H

Date listened: 07/14/17
Rating: 4.0

I enjoyed this album probably because it’s made of human bone! It’s really good album and experience.

Favorite tracks: “Night Of Matter” “ Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome

 

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Brain Eno – Music for White Cube

Date listened: 07/114/17
Rating: 5.5

Music for 5 am

 

 

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Oil Thief – Obsolescence & Monality

Date listened: 07/14/17
Rating: 5.5

The whole album is just wow!

Favorite tracks: “Under the Sand” “”The Beginning” “The Colony”

 

 

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nthng – It Never Ends

Date listened: 07/16/17
Rating: 4.5

 

Favorite tracks: “Touch” “In My Dreams”

 

 

 

 

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Mind Over Mirrors – Undying Color

Date listened: 07/17/17
Rating: 2.0

 

 

 

 

 

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Perc – Bitter Music

Date listened: 07/18/17
Rating: 4.0

 

Favorite tracks: “Exit” “I just can’t win” “Chatter”

 

 

 

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Emptyset – Emptyset

Date listened: 07/18/17
Rating: 3.0

 

Favorite tracks: “ Gate 2” “Awake”

 

 

 

 

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Patricia – Several Shades Of The Same Color

Date listened: 07/19/17
Rating: 4.5

ahhhhhh i loveeeeee Patricia. since his first album Body Issues, and he is one of my favorite techno artists. Personally I think this album is his best release, his album Bem Inventory was pretty mediocre. I didn’t enjoy that much and I wasn’t excited for his new album until I read that it has 15 tracks. I was like ” wohho, he probably worked hard for it, I should give it a try.” and I’m glad did. Several Shades of The Same Color is actually has different shades of techno which suit every mood you have. The Words Are Just Sounds is my favorite top in the whole album, it’s dark, has atmosphere of  beats that just gives off this creepy vibe with, I love it!

Favorite tracks: “The Words Are Just Sounds” “Thoughts of You” “ German Friendship

 

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Haus Arafna – Children Of God
 

Date listened: 07/19/17
Rating: 4.5

 

Favorite tracks: “Holocaust” “Mein Leben” ” Golgatha in Flames” “The Way You Go”

 

 

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Pan Daijing – A Satin Sight

Date listened: 07/19/17
Rating: 3.0

 

 

 

 

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Ben Frost – Threshold of Faith

Date listened: 07/27/17
Rating: 5.5

hell yess, he is back! there is nothing to say, all i needed this year was a new “real” album by him. the whole EP is so good but I think my favorite is Threshold Of Faith (Your Own Blood). what a stunning and haunting track.

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Black Merlin – Phase One

Date listened: 07/29/17
Rating: 5.5

This is might be my favorite EP of the year. SO GOOD. I wish it has four tracks not two 😦

 

 

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Onsy – Freq 255

Date listened: 07/31/17
Rating: 5.5

 

Favorite tracks:“Freq One” “Crack Cake” “Freq Nine”

 

 

 

 

Topic 4 : Ji Lee

Ji Lee is a Korean designer who currently lives in New York who (for me) mastered the idea of “Think like there is no box”.

He best known for the bubble project, but for me Abstractor is like my favorite project. And I always wished he could do it as series and make different form.

Also, his typography work was highly influential to graphic design industry, his most popular project “Words as image” started as an assignment 20 years ago in his typography class and turned into a lifelong hobby, where he plays with typography in order to convey the pictorial idea of the word he represents. Here to see the full project

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In his project Univers Revolved, Lee took the characters from the typeface Univer and he rotated them and turning each one into a kind of a typographic sculpture with different shapes, What I really find fascinating about this project is when you look at them, you don’t see any alphabet, it is so experimental and absolutely outstanding.

 

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He took the left most point of each capital letter and revolved it 360 degrees around the axis and created the symmetrical letters. And you can read them from right to left

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The full alphabet

 

he generated a font based on these representations and it’s so fun to try!

download it here from his site

 

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Reading is fun

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War within war

 

His purpose was to challenge whoever to read it and figure out what his word or alphabet meant.  Here is a link if you want to challenge your mind

 

Univers Revolved, a Three-Dimensional Alphabet was published as a visual puzzle book by Harry Abrams in May 2004. The book became the winner of AIGA’s 50 books / 50 covers and New York Book Award.