Saturday, 10 September 2011
Experimental Television Centre
The Experimental Television Center was a video art production studio in Owego, New York. Since its foundation in 1971, the center has been instrumental to the field of video art by providing artists with the tools of video art production through artist residencies and grants. The studio is designed to simultaneously facilitate both live studio performance and live video editing, much like a broadcast television studio. The studio was founded in 1971 as an outgrowth of a media access program established by Ralph Hocking at Binghamton University in 1969. Today the studio is affiliated with Alfred University's media arts program, with which it shares instructors. The Center provides support and services to the video art community by offering artist residencies to established and emerging video artists as well as an annual international student artist residency each summer.
The studio includes several invaluable and/or one of a kind pieces of video processing equipment, such as a custom Dave Jones Colorizer, a Design Lab Frame Buffer, a Deupfer Synthesizer, a Dave Jones custom 8 Channel Video Sequencer, the Paik/Abe Raster Synthesizer or 'Wobbulator' and a custom Dan Sandin Sandin Image Processor. Some notable artists who have held residencies at the center are Nam June Paik, Steina and Woody Vasulka, Gary Hill, Marisa Olson, Kristin Lucas, Torsten Zenas Burns, Barbara Hammer, LoVid, and Dearraindrop. The Center has announced via its website that it is closing most of its programs, including the studio, as of July 2011.
An anniversary DVD compilation For it's 40th year anniversary ETC started to produce a DVD compilation of a selection of artists who had created video art during ETC residencies over the course of 40 solid years. This enormous undertaking required digital restorations, and took three years, resulting in a 20 hour compilation of over 100 artists. Digitizing, restorations, and overall support: Bill Seery and Maria Venuto and Standby program Project manager and DVD author: Aaron Miller. Art director: Diane Bertolo The DVD is accompanied with a 130-page catalog and is distributed by EAI
A short documentary video explores the spatial concept of ETC as it moved from a physical, actively productive studio to a Web-based, historical archive:
Lament IV - Waves (10min excerpt) by Phillip Stearns: