since the late 1960's Dan Sandin has developed artware systems integrating digitial and analog computers, customized circuits, home{brewed|built}-hardware, video games + virtualReality.

Sandin, a professor @ the University of Illinois at Chicago, founded the Electronic Visualization Lab (EVL), created the Sandin Image Processor (I.P.), developed the CAVE virtual reality (VR) system + various other [artware systems/technologies/projects/pieces]. Dan Sandin's Image Processor (built from 1971 - 1973) offered artists unprecedented abilities to [create/control/affect/transform] video + audio data, enabling live audio-video performances that literally set the stage for current praxis. open sourcing the plans for the Image Processor as an [artware/system/toolset] Dan Sandin + Phil Morton created the Distribution Religion. as a predecessor to the open source movement, this approach allowed artists to engage with these systems + continues to [interest/inspire] [artisits/developers]. honoring the Distribution Religion, the innovative hystory of the Image Processor + addressing the vibrant potential of these systems criticalartware archived the Distribution Religion, converted the documents to a single PDF file + now releases these plans to the {critical|artware} community.

criticalartware interviews Dan Sandin, [discussing/illuminating] the community + development of the early moments of video art in Chicago, artware, performing live audio-video, virtual reality, open source movements, righteous NTSC outputs, the video revolution + the changes ++ similarities that [bridge/differentiate] then && now. criticalartware freely offers this interview as {text|audio|video} data to be downloaded via the interweb + exchanged as shared cultural resources. (bensyverson, jon.satrom ++ jonCates)

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