Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Gebhard Sengmüller, Austria
VinylVideo™, 1998
Audio-visual technology
In cooperation with Martin Diamant, Günter Erhart, and “Best Before”
© Gebhard Sengmüller

"VinylVideo™ is a fake archaeology of media. We designed a device that retrieves video signals (moving image and sound) stored on a conventional vinyl (LP) record. The discontinuity in the development of electronic film technology constitutes the historical background for this fictitious video-disc technology: Even though television, the electronic transmission of moving images, had been feasible since the late 1920s, storage of these images became possible only after development of the video recorder in 1958. Recording images for private use did not become available until the mass introduction of the VCR in the early 1980s (!). Before, the average consumer was confined to use Super-8 film, a technology dating back to 1900, usually without sound. Recording of television was not possible at all."

(it's an article from Leonardo Magazine, so you can only read it if you are a subscriber or pay for the article)

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