Vidicon Inscriptions (1976 Installation)
This work is part of the rewind archive.
Year: 1975Media types:
VideoType of work:
Single camera/monitor interactive video installation
Funding source: Arts Council of Great Britain
First exhibited: Video Show, Tate Gallery, London 1976
Technical details: Requirements: 1 monitor, 1 video camera with polaroid shutter and photo-electric switch (in the artist's possession), lighting, plinth, custom-built corridor enclosure.
‘Over-lighting exceeds capacity for assimilation in a 1970s video camera and images are ‘burnt’ into the surface of its tube. Here a unique property is discovered where both the passage of time and trace of that continuum are registered as one. A section of the original tape version records the image of the artist with a camera (via a mirror) panning, by stages, across the screen. Before movement the lens is covered and re-exposed after the change, and each time the image appears to be inscribed onto the screen. In the interactive installation a camera registers the live passage of time through a translucent polaroid shutter. Periodically the shutter lifts – triggered by the participants’ movements – and images are fixed and inscribed.’
‘..Images are burnt into the surface of the ‘vidicon’ tube.. Here a unique property is explored where both the passage of time and trace of that continuum are registered as one. In this interactive installation a camera registers the live passage of time through a translucent polaroid shutter. Periodically the shutter lifts – triggered by participants’ movements – and images are ‘frozen’ and inscribed…’
David Hall 1975
Article from Studio International, 1976 ‘Video – Report by Tamara Krikorian’. Krikorian reports on two events in Glasgow – ‘Symposium: The future of video in Scotland, Event: Towards Defining an Aesthetic, Third Eye centre’. Includes information on Hall’s ‘Vidicon Inscriptions’
Document including, from Tamara Krikorian to Steve Partridge, regarding ‘Video defining an Aesthetic’, Third Eye Centre, 1977
Video installation in Britain – the early years, Stuart Marshall commissioned by Modern Art Oxford, Signs of the Times (Oxford: Modern Art Oxford, 1990), pp 12-17
Catalogue for ‘Video Art 78’, an international festival of video art, Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry. Includes information on ‘Vidicon Inscriptions’
Here preserved are the traces of ghostings, perhaps most poignantly in the installation where the mugging of participants is at once improvisationally real and yet caught already in a moment simultaneously of capture and decay. The work is about the materiality of the screen technologies of the day, for sure. It is also, especially in retrospect, an elegy for the passing of time – the time of the gesture as it fades from the screen, the time of technologies that have their moment and pass away..’
Sean Cubitt, David Hall, Luxonline, 2005.