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Brian O'Blivion: The battle for the mind of North America will be fought in the video arena: the Videodrome. The television screen is the retina of the mind's eye. Therefore, the television screen is part of the physical structure of the brain. Therefore, whatever appears on the television screen emerges as raw experience for those who watch it. Therefore, television is reality, and reality is less than television.
While cryptic and seemingly bizarre, this quote from fictional character, Brian O'Blivion, in the film Videodrome, sums up nicely the influence video has had in our lives, on our society, and on our entire planet. Today video is everywhere. Gone in a flash are the clunky, bulky, low-quality video recording units from the 1970s and 1980s. Today?s feature films are made with digital video and portable HD units that are now so small that one can easily see them becoming integrated into sunglasses and artificial eyes before too long.
The TV itself was invented back in the 1920s by Philo Farnsworth. Most people do not even know who he was. He came up with the idea for an image that is presented by a series of scanning light lines. The idea came to him from the way he plowed fields while farming?one row at a time. The cathode ray tube TV survived as a ubiquitous mass-market cultural device until almost last week. It was replaced by wide screen, flat screen TVs and computer monitors almost overnight.
As art, video has always been akin to film. It requires power, devices, and it requires the viewer to invest time in it, rather than just the glancing blow most paintings and drawings tend to get from viewers. There is also sound, light, photography, writing, and editing involved in the process. While not long ago a simple video needed to be edited on large computers and stationary machines, today it's possible to shoot a short video and edit, add music, sound and transitions all on a cell phone! The video can then be uploaded to the Internet wirelessly from a parking lot and shared with the world on Facebook, YouTube, and more.
Here at the UAG we see the vast world of video in all its current forms opening up as never before. With technology becoming smaller and cheaper as months go by and all the while the quality improving, the possibility of studio quality work being produced on the cheap by us mere mortals is now entirely possible.
Open your mind?s eye either as a viewer or a creator for the visual experience that is sure to leave a burn on your retina. The UAG presents: Lights! Camera! VIDEO!
UAG presents Lights! Camera! VIDEO!, a national show of video art, featuring video stills in the side room, and an interactive real-time i-pad video show and sound installation in the featured artist room by Adam Furgang.