[July 15] Phillip Stearns – HD Analog Video Synthesis in Process

A brief look at the history of analog video signal processing and the theory behind building an analog system for contemporary resolutions.

Opening : Wednesday July 15 2015  7 pm, Harvestworks

Analog HD Video Synthesis and Signal Processing
The idea behind the development of HD analog signal processing tools comes from the signal oriented video practices which emerged in the 1960s with the advent of portable video recording devices, consumer video recording and playback systems, development of SD video signal processing tools, video synthesizers, and all manner of video signal based equipment.
Today, much of the moving image works we see are computer generated. The idea of a signal oriented practice is incompatible save for the technical details of transmitting digital signals over distances, distribution to multiple devices, samples, scaling, etc. The actual picture one encounters has no analog correlation to the signal which carries it. The result is that signal oriented practices which developed from analog video formats has been lost in the transition from analog SD to digital HD formats. 
This project seeks to bridge that gap, to return analog signal processing to the palette of creators working with high resolution video formats, which is just about everyone these days.


PHILLIP DAVID STEARNS, (USA, 1982) Based in Brooklyn, NY, Stearns’s work is centered on the use of electronic technologies and electronic media to explore dynamic relationships between ideas and material as mobilized within complex and interconnected societies. Deconstruction, reconfiguration, and extension are key methodologies and techniques employed in the production of works that range from audio visual performances, electronic sculptures, light and sound installation, digital textiles, and other oddities both digital and material. He received his MFA in music composition and integrated media from the California Institute of Arts in 2007 and his BS in music technology from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2005.

His work has been exhibited internationally at electronics arts festivals, museums, and galleries including: Turku Biennial 2013, WRO Biennale 2013, Transmediale 2013, Denver Art Museum (2013), The Photographer’s Gallery London (2012), The Camera Club of New York (2012), Eyebeam (2012, 2007), Harvestworks (2010, 2012); Gli.tc/H 2112; Festival De Arte Digital 2010; FILE 2009; NIME 2009; Filmer La Musique 2009; FONLAD 2009; Torrance Art Museum (2008, 2007); Optica Film Festival & (2011 2008). He has participated in residencies at the Making Lab of the 4th APAP ( Korea 2013), Textielmuseum in Tilburg, NL (2013), Institute for Electronic Arts (2012, 2013), Museums Quartier (Vienna 2010), STEIM (Amsterdam 2007, 2013), Experimental Television Center (2009), Harvestworks (NY 2010), Free103Point9 (2012). He has presented and led workshops at several international institutions including the Universidad De Chile (Santiago 2013), Santiago Maker Space (2013), Pomona College (2013), Recyclism Hacklab (Dublin 2013), and the Science Gallery (Dublin 2013). 

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