“Ovals” by Ralph Hocking and Sherleen Miller (1974) is a kind of compilation of short ideas that seemed to have a common ground. Shapes on the screen are governed by the mix of adjustable sine, square and triangle waveforms. Amplitude and Frequency, complexity develops within the control and the character of the machine. Peer Bode’s “Transport” presents performative synchronicities: reading European and American landscapes, viewing notebooks, simultaneously traveling in electronic sonic spaces.
Curated by Peer Bode, Institute for Electronic Arts
Sat, Jul 23 – Sun, Aug 22
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Curated by Peer Bode, Institute for Electronic Arts
Ovals by Ralph Hocking and Sherleen Miller (1974)
Ovals is a kind of compilation of short ideas that seemed to have a common ground. One of the standing jokes on “Computer Sunday” (Booze, weed, food and programming, I cooked.) was the inability to make a circle with our oscillators. It had to do with the height to width radio of the television raster (the screen lines). I came to prefer the oval shape since it was female.
Many of these segments were manufactured by using a bank of David Jones/Richard Brewster build oscillators, mixers, amplifiers, patch matrix and a Paik/Abe colonizer. Oscillators are sort of the base material of the TV/Video experience. You can draw with them and govern their behavior by controlling them with each other through a process called voltage control. Video came to this by the example of audio synthesis. Moog, Arp, Synthi, and so on. Instead of hearing the oscillators you see them. Shapes are governed by the mix of adjustable sine, square and triangle waveforms.
If you allow the technology of TV/Video to be simplifies then much can be understood about controlling the raw material. There really isn’t much to control. How much and how often are the basis for most of it. Amplitude and Frequency, complexity develops within the control and the character of the machine.
TRANSPORT by Peer Bode
Performative synchronicities: reading European and American landscapes, viewing notebooks, simultaneously traveling in electronic sonic spaces. The Carrier Band was formed in 1998 when Pauline Oliveros, Peer Bode and Andrew Deutsch performed three improvisations at Alfred University and later released the Carrier CD on the Deep Listening label. The Transport sonic elements are from a trio improvisation by Carrier Band based on quotes written in the technical notebooks (1934-1949) of pioneering electronic instrument developer Harald Bode.
Ralph Hocking has been teaching art for thirty-five years. He is Professor Emeritus of Video and Computer art and past Chair of the Cinema Department at Binghamton University. He has been a leader in the field of electronic media art since 1968, founding one of the first campus-based media access programs in the country. In 1970 he established the independent non-profit Experimental Television Center, which has provided residencies to thousands of media artists, who have created work for exhibition and distribution around the world.
Sherry Miller Hocking
Sherry Miller Hocking has been with the Experimental Television Center since 1972. Now the Assistant Director, she has conducted numerous presentation at Alfred University, Munson Williams Proctor Institute, Visual Studies Workshop, and has participated in online forums concerning media arts practice for NAMAC, empyre and Eyebeam Atelier.In 1993 she organized the Video History Project, a multi-faceted research initiative which partners with media organizations to offer conferences and symposia, organized in partnership with other media organizations. She is program director of the Video History Web, an online information resource concerning independent media art history for scholars and researchers internationally.
Peer Bode is a nationally and internationally exhibiting artist with media works in museum collections world wide. He is also an active educator and studio advocate and facilitator of independent electronic media. He is associated with the renowned American Alfred and Owego schools of new media imaging. He is Professor of Video Arts at the School of Art and Design and Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Institute for Electronic Arts (IEA), NYSCC at Alfred University in Alfred, NY.
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Produced by Harvestworks in partnership with River to River Festival, Trinity Wall Street, Governors Island National Monument, and Roulette with funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, mediaThefoundation, the Experimental TV Center Presentation Funds, Meet The Composer Cary New Music Performance Fund, the David Bermant Foundation, California Nanosystems Institute and the Institute for Electronic Art. Corporate sponsorship is provided by Tekserve: the Apple Specialists, Cycling74, US Optoma, and Native Instruments. Special thanks to Performing Art Services and the David Tudor Trust.