ETC History 1973-75


 History 1973-74


David Jones became technician at the Center. Artists participating in the Residency program included Taka Iimura, Doris Chase, and Michael LV Butler. We conducted a regularly scheduled series of workshops on the basic principles of video production. Workshops in imaging and synthesis were also held regularly at the Center; Walter Wright presented the system at many locations, including Global Village and at York University in Toronto. Oscillators were designed for use as signal inputs to the Paik/Abe Synthesizer. We begin initial research into the Jones gray level keyer and production of a black and white keyer, as well as modification of an existing SEG for direct sync interface with the Paik/Abe, with provision for external wipe signal input. The equipment we design and create is either not available commercially or is so expensive it is beyond the reach of independent artists.

 History 1974-75


Workshops and performances based on image processing were conducted at The Kitchen, Anthology Film Archives and the Contemporary Art Museum in Montreal. NYSCA supported a series of traveling performances by Waiter Wright on the video synthesizer. Over ten organizations throughout New York State and Canada took part. The workshop program at the Center continued. NYSCA provided funding for the development of the Jones Colorizer, a four channel voltage controllable colorizer with gray level keyers. The oscillator bank was completed and installed. In the Spring 1975 the SAID (Spatial and Intensity Digitizer) was developed by Dr. Don McArthur, an outgrowth of research on black and white time base corrector. Work was begun by David Jones, Don McArthur and Waiter Wright on a project to explore computer-based imaging, and the interface of a computer with a video processing system. This project was initially based on an LSI-11 computer. Artists in Residence included Neil Zusman and Gary Hill.