RYRAL (1976) – Tom DeFanti, Phil Morton, Dan Sandin and Bob Snyder

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RYRAL is a realtime audio video performance by Tom DeFanti (creating computer animation with the GRaphics Symbiosis System or GRASS), Phil Morton (“up in the kitchen keepin’ track”), Dan Sandin (processing video with a Sandin Image Processor), Bob Snyder (performing experimental electronic music on an analog EMU synthesizer) and an uncredited dancer. This Media Art project was created and performed in April 1976 at the second Electronic Visualization Event (EVE II) in Chicago. EVE II took place at The University of Illinois Chicago.

Documentation of the performance was later exhibited by Diane Kirkpatrick in her exhibition Chicago: The City and Its Artists 1945-1978 at The University of Michigan Museum of Art March 17 – April 23 1978.

-- DESCRIPTION FROM THE PHIL MORTON MEMORIAL RESEARCH ARCHIVE

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ETRA experiments, chicago edit, pt 1 (1972-1974) - Phil Morton

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Video by Phil Morton, using the Rutt/Etra video synthesizer. For more on Phil Morton and his work, please check the Phil Morton Memorial Research Archive.

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A Melody (1984) - Walter Verdin

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The Fire Theft (2010) - Isabelle Hayeur

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This video explores the themes of dispossession and repression. It was produced using sequences broadcast on the Web and scenes filmed in an abandoned house. It includes shots of the Olympic flame relay (Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics) and the Keith Sadler Foreclosure Resistance. These were taken from a live stream off the Ustream website, then re-worked. The low definition and strong compression of the images creates a somewhat sombre atmosphere, which is accentuated by a sound track with strange and discordant noises. The degraded video signal mirrors the difficult social conditions evoked in the work, especially in the shots of dilapidated interiors. The Fire Theft reminds us that major sports events benefit a handful of corporations, and often are used as a pretext for real estate speculation and gentrification.

-- FROM THE ARTIST'S STATEMENT

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Compression Study #2 (Untitled) (2007) - Paul B. Davis

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Art Fair Wrap Up: A Photo Essay

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This past weekend the art fair circus came to town! I took some snaps of media art from the fairs, see below.

The Armory Show at Pier 94


Jon Kessler, The 5th Column, 2011

Pavel Büchler

Kota Ezawar, Flood, 2011. Murray Guy

Sam Van Aken, New Edens, 2011. Ronald Feldman Fine Art

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Climbing (excerpt) (2009) - Jesse McLean

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flo\/\/. (2011) - V5/MT

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Originally via Rising Tensions

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(Don't Want A) Piece of Me - Britney Spears & Joan Jonas (2008) - New Sound Karaoke

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dünya dinlemiyor (The World Won't Listen) 2005 - Phil Collins

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In this video installation by Phil Collins, young people in Istanbul karaoke to songs by the Smiths. The re-contextualization of the music gives the lyrics a renewed political significance.

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