Debora Bernagozzi, 2010-2011
"Electronic Landscape" was not created by shooting a landscape with a video camera and processing the imagery, but by creating imagery through pure electronic signal and pushing it in ways that made it appear as a landscape. I generated this piece during my final residency at the historic Experimental Television Center in Owego, NY, which recently closed. The Center was a place that allowed artists to experiment with real-time audio and video processing by using the inherent electronic properties of the mediums.
In the 1970s video artist Nam June Paik and engineer Shuya Abe built the Paik-Abe Raster Scanner, or wobbulator, an analog device that used audio waves from oscillators to control magnetic pulses in a wire coiled around a television tube to bend and distort a video image. This machine has no output, and artists use a video camera to record the distorted image from a screen. I pointed a camera at this screen and sent the signal to another television. I pointed a second camera at this television and generated video feedback. I controlled the feedback through manipulation of the sine waves coming out of the oscillators, adjusting the wobbulator’s control knobs, zooming in and out with the second camera, and changing the focus of the camera.
Images formed, though they resemble landscapes, are pure manipulations of electronic signals produced by oscillators. Except for the fade in and fade out, "Electronic Landscape" is a document of video processing performed in real time.