Video Artist/Engineers

Pioneering Video Artist/Engineers & Electronic Imaging Technology: 1968-78

During the period between 1965 and 1975, which could be considered as the defining period of video art, there was significant research activity principally amongst American, but also including several British artists working with video to develop, modify or invent video imaging instruments or synthesizers. This first generation of video artist/engineers include Eric Siegal, Stephen Beck, Dan Sandin, Richard Monkhouse and Peter Donebauer, as well as the well-documented collaborative work of Nam June Paik and Shuya Abe and Steina and Woody Vasulka. The work of these pioneers is significant to the history of video art because they developed a range of relatively accessible and inexpensive image manipulation devices specifically for ‘alternative’ video practice.

This paper was presented at  Interstanding 4, End Repeat, Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia, Nov 2001.

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