[-empyre-] We are all Kinoks

ETC etc at experimentaltvcenter.org
Mon Sep 21 11:18:10 AEST 2015

Thanks to Lynne Sachs and Alan Sondheim for their thoughts on analog video,
work spaces, memory, evolution. We all can only articulate out own
understandings of the world as we live it. It is a small - so small - a
sliver, as Lynne puts it.

The physicality of mark-making is something that is very important for some
people. Necessary, even.

I think that what ETC tried to provide was a malleable space - one which
each artist could create in his/her own image and desire. The tools were
the same, as Alan so well describes. The artists were the creators - of the
space and of the instruments.

As - I think - it should be.

On Sat, Sep 19, 2015 at 9:22 AM, Lynne Sachs <lynnesachs at gmail.com> wrote:

> ----------empyre- soft-skinned space----------------------
> Hello empyre friends,
> I wanted to share a somewhat prosaic but oh so satisfying experience I
> have had over the last two years.  I've been going through all of my
> drawers of video tapes dating back to 1985 when I bought my first oh so
> heavy VHS porta pack.  As all of us have been discussing, it would have
> been impossible to know, though we could certainly have imagined, for sure
> what the future would bring.  It seems to me that back then we would have
> looked at the cartoon "The Jetsons" and figured out that visual telephones
> were coming our way. But, for the most part, we thought the force of
> technological invention would be about transportation rather than
> communication.  How wrong we were. It still take about four hours for me to
> fly to California, but I can take a tour of a forest or a living room or a
> night sky via someone's cell phone any time I want. Anyway, I have been
> working with a small digital facility in Greenpoint, Brooklyn to transfer
> all of my VHS, 3/4" Umatic, Beta SP, HI8, and DV tapes to files.  What
> struck me as such an incredible moment the other day was that I can now
> order my work and my life as I saw it through a lense in a chronological
> order, all within one hard drive.  The value of this year-by-year
> historical sense of progression allows me, my children and anyone who takes
> an interest to see the world change and evolve through one artist's
> vision.  This collection of hundreds of moments (for what else is is really
> but a sliver of time preserved) is also a record of a relationship I, like
> all of you, have with the camera as an extension of  the mind through the
> medium of a 20th century form of technology.  We are all Kinoks, grappling
> with the shot and the edit, building our manifesto, trying to articulate
> our own particular understanding of the relationship between our bodies as
> organisms and the machine.
> Lynne Sachs
> www.lynnesachs.com
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Sherry Hocking
Assistant Director
Experimental Television Center Ltd.
109 Lower Fairfield Rd.
Newark Valley NY 13811
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