Music and Video by Rosa Menkman
I recommend watching this with headphones (louder!)!
Full description is now available at the Rhizome Artbase Here are some articles on The Collapse of PAL:
Life and Death of an Image by Domenico Quaranta in Fabio Paris Art Gallery - Solo show catalogue, 2010
Media Archaeology of Signals (Transmediale 2011) by Jussi Parikka in Cartographies of Media Archaeology, 2011
What is Media Archeology? by Jussi Parikka in University of California Press, 2012
Going beyond the Collapse of PAL in The Collapse of PAL by Rosa Menkman in Sunshine in my Throat, 2011.
Motion Pictures by Dom Philips in Time Out Sao Paolo, 2011.
INTERVIEW WITH ROSA MENKMAN, DUTCH VISUALIST by Andrew Rosinski in Dinca, 2010.
Render of part one of the Collapse of PAL (Eulogy, Obsequies and Requiem for the blue plains of phosphor). As performed at TV-TV on the 25th of May 2010, Copenhagen, DK, Copenhagen, DK. The video work is based on analogue signal, compressions, glitches and feedback artifacts in sound and video. For this part of the 30 minutes video, I used a NES, some image bending and a broken photo camera (CCD chip is loose) && for the sound I used a cracklebox, feedback, Eurosignal and a couple of DV-compressed videobends.
In "The Collapse of PAL" (Eulogy, Obsequies and Requiem for the planes of blue phosphor), the Angel of History (as described by Walter Benjamin) reflects on the PAL signal and its termination. This death sentence, although executed in silence, was a brutally violent act that left PAL disregarded and obsolete. While it might be argued that the PAL signal is dead, it still exists as a trace left upon the new, ‘better’ digital technologies. PAL can, even though the technology is terminated, be found here as a historical form that newer technologies build upon, in- herit or have appropriated from. Besides this, the Angel also realizes that the new DVB signal that has been chosen over PAL is different, but at the same time also inherently flawed as PAL.
In memory of PAL.
Shout outs to Secam and NTSC!