Vidicon Inscriptions (The Videotape 1976)
This work is part of the rewind archive.
Duration: 12 Mins
Year: 1973-74Original formats:
1/2 inch EIAJ reel-to-reel, high densityMedia types:
VideoType of work:
Funding source: Self
First exhibited: The Video Show, Serpentine Gallery, 1975 as an installation
‘Over-lighting exceeds capacity for assimilation in a 1970s video camera and images are burnt into the surface of its ‘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, the original tape, one of three sections 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 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 participants’ movements – and images are fixed and inscribed.’
David Hall 1974
..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
‘Videotapes by British Artists – Galleria del cavallino, san marco 1725 venezia’, a programme of videotapes and installations, 1977. Includes information on the work ‘Vidicon Inscriptions’
Catalogue for ‘Video Art 78’, an international festival of video art, Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry. Includes information on ‘Vidicon Inscriptions’
‘Towards an automonous practice’ article by David Hall on British Video Art Studio International May-June 1976
Exhibition card for The Video Show, 1975, detailing works on show by David Hall with a sketch of The Serpentine Gallery
David HALL: SITUATIONS ENVISAGED: Richard Saltoun Gallery 17 July—14 August, 2015. Curated by Stephen Partridge – Brochure
Video Report | David Hall on Artists Video at The Galleries, Washington Tyne and Wear, 18-30 October 1976. First published in Studio International, Jan 1977
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.