Networks, Distance, So Much I Want To Say
FRIDAY MARCH 6 2015, 8pm
A sound piece by Stacey Ho
A slow scan demonstration/performance by Hank Bull and Alex Muir
Networks, Distance, So Much I Want To Say is the first of a series of sound pieces produced by Stacey Ho, current artist in residence at VIVO Media Arts.
As part of her residency, Ho is developing a podcast stemming from her research into the Crista Dahl Media Library and Archive. Sampling artworks, documents, and interviews, this project understands that cultural history is mediated by technology, active in the present moment, and informed by the experiences of many people and communities.
Ho’s interest in slow scan television’s (SSTV)* use by a network of artists’ centres experimenting with communication technology since the 70s functions as a starting point. But rather than centering on the now obsolete but then innovative aspects of SSTV technology, Networks, Distance, So Much I Want To Say instead constructs a narrative with audio snippets extracted from documentation of past events and the testimony of contemporary respondents. The voices become an instrument tracing a shifting vernacular, exposing the dilemmas and fissures of media representation.
Following a communal listening of Ho’s piece, Hank Bull – an innovator in radio, telecommunications, performance and social practices – will present clips from Wiencouver IV, a live exchange of Telephone Music and Slow Scan video between Vienna and Vancouver that took place in 1983. Organized during the visit of Robert Adrian as artist in residence at the Western Front, Wiencouver IV featured live bands, performance art and computer graphics.
This event will be documented by a recently resurrected slow scan robot: a very rare opportunity to be part of a demonstration of the original hardware by Hank Bull and Alex Muir.
* “A prerequisite for slow scan television (SSTV) is a Robot digital scan converter which grabs single frames from a video source and converts them into 8 second sequences of audio tones that can then be sent along a telephone line to another converter“ (Slow Scan Video, VideoGuide vol.1 n.3 issue 3, 1978)
LISTEN and/or DOWNLOAD
Stacey Ho, Networks, Distance, So Much I Want to Say (2015), 27 mins
Graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Stacey Ho has worked with organizations such as FADO Performance Art, Gallery 44, and Vidéographe. Her writing has been published in Modern Painters, West Coast Line, and Inter: art actuel. She lives in Vancouver, where she is presently associate director of LIVE Biennale.
Born in Calgary, Hank Bull has been associated with the Western Front since 1973. The “HP Radio Show,” with Patrick Ready, first aired in 1976 on CFRO-FM. With “Canada Shadows,” he performed multi-media shadow plays across Canada and Europe. Participation in artist telecommunication networks began in the late 1970s, using Slowscan, electronic text and fax. Throughout the 80s and 90s, Hank organized projects with artists in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. As curator and advocate, he contributed to the growth of artist-run culture across Canada and Québec. These practices informed the co-creation of Centre A, the Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, in 1999. He currently works between painting, music, performance, video and sound.
Alex Muir is an art labourer and researcher with ongoing involvements at VIVO, the Western Front and CFRO. He has participated in the digitization, installation, and curation of numerous projects engaged with Vancouver’s video histories.