Create Analog Motion: Nam June Paik, and a Modular Rack Processor

The Wobbulator from blair neal on Vimeo. Analog signal in video, as in sound, is a medium all its own – as we saw last week with the gorgeous LZX Industries modules (more on those soon, too). Here are more examples, both sent by reader Blair Neal. The Wobbulator has its own special place in history as a video processor, the product of a collaboration between video artist legend Nam June Paik and video engineer Shuya Abe (a legend of sorts himself). The technique, while inherently analog, could certainly inspire digital processes. I find it unfortunate that there hasn’t been …

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Remembering Nam Jun Paik, TVs, and Some Serious Cybernetics; NYC Chelsea Gallery Show

Photo (CC) Becky Stern, also of MAKE / Craft. Calling Nam Jun Paik a video art pioneer would be too narrow to describe his impact. In exploding the idea of what television and television processing could be in his art, he helped create a conceptual revolution that cleared the path for today’s ubiquitous and always-dynamic screens. But to really understand that work, you might want to delve into the theory of cybernetics, for the same reasons that can help understand early, radical electronic music and the path we’re on today. Rhizome has a lovely essay by Carolyn Kane, framed by …

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