A video in two parts: human dancer and analog tools. Movements, voltage patterns, poses, signal processing.
My wife, Anna, and I have been collaborating since we met in 2002. I make music, videos, and interactive work. Anna is a choreographer. She typically begins a piece by improvising with her dancers, with a form emerging gradually, honed and distilled over several weeks. My role in our collaborations has generally been to create sound or video to augment or accompany the performance. With this project, we set out to integrate video more fully into the process.
“Between Scans” is the product of five days well spent in residency at the Experimental Television Center in Owego, New York. After years of making videos with digital tools, it was freeing to return to the physicality of analog. We used synthesis (applying varying voltage patterns to the video signal), a seven-camera array, and a primitive video switcher to create states in which the effects of the image processing and of the captured movement amplified each other, states in which the humanistic presence was graphically abstracted or fractured while, simultaneously, the geometric nature of the imagery took on an organic quality.