[-empyre-] ETC to Rose Goldsen and on and on

kristin lucas kristinlucas at gmail.com
Tue Sep 22 10:22:55 AEST 2015

Hello empyre,

I just joined the community. Today after reading Renate's post and having
recently visited my storage space, I thought... Wow. I must have produced
equally as many video tapes as ETC has entered into the Rose Goldsen
Archive of New Media Art at Cornell Library. An entire wall of my storage
space is dedicated to 3/4, beta SP, laser disk, VHS, SVHS, Video-8, and
miniDV tapes, plus CDs, DVDs, and hard drives, the majority of which are
full of material I recorded at ETC since my first visit in 1995. Now
imagine how many other artists went to ETC and do the math on how many
boxes of tapes are out there that passed through the playheads of ETC decks!


On Mon, Sep 21, 2015 at 12:49 PM, Alan Sondheim <sondheim at panix.com> wrote:

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> Want to mention here the huge influence of Arduino, Raspberry Pi, the
> Maker movement/magazine, Burning Man, etc. - all of these entangled with
> the homespun of ETC - there's also this interesting and related article I
> found from ASCAP -
> https://musicindustryblog.wordpress.com/2015/09/18/youtubes-biggest-threat-to-the-music-industry-isnt-what-you-probably-think-it-is/
> - about another homegrown and maybe parallel culture. And when I was at
> Eyebeam, of course everyone was making, both analog and digital and
> combinations - not to mention what's going on in Providence at AS220
> Workshops, shared spaces, etc. ETC was a pioneer in so many ways that have
> lead to (or been ancestral to) these developments. Think Cubesats as well!
> The big difference for me, for us, was the environment, which created a
> space for thinking, solitude, a space where electronics seemed to almost be
> part of the natural world. And that world wasn't dominated by corporate
> culture (something I found, for example at Eyebeam), but by the semblance
> of an amazing and environmental freedom. -
> - Alan
> On Mon, 21 Sep 2015, Renate Terese Ferro wrote:
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>> Thanks Tim for reminding folks that the opening is on Thursday.  Also
>> quickly I wanted to add the enfolding of analog into digital and back and
>> forth is so apparent for young students when they greet the interface of
>> any digital editing platform.  Just this morning in our studio class
>> students were looking at Paik and other early video crafters and noted how
>> the influence of their analog experimentation is emulated by our digital
>> video software platforms we have in studio.  To see nineteen year olds
>> make these connections between history and their own their own making is
>> awesome.
>> Back to studio now.
>> Renate
>> On 9/21/15, 1:12 PM, "Timothy Conway Murray" <tcm1 at cornell.edu> wrote:
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>>> Thanks, Renate.  I recall vividly my amazement at the walls of videotapes
>>> framing the synthesizers in the ETC space.  Little did we imagine moving
>>> them all to the Goldsen Archive within less than a decade.  We are now so
>>> happy to share so many of these titles with the public in the New York
>>> exhibition at Hunter College opening this week.  By the way, the opening
>>> of the exhibition is this Thursday (not Friday) from 7-9.
>>> I meant mention, along the lines the fluid shifts between analogue and
>>> digital at ETC, that the Goldsen Archive was initially conceived to hold
>>> digital new media art and reference materials exclusively. But as a
>>> result
>>> of a number of fortuitous collaborations, with Wen Pulin in Beijing,
>>> Elayne Zalis in LA, and Sherry and Ralph up the road, it became clear
>>> that
>>> any archive of new media art would need to establish a firm bridge
>>> between
>>> the analogue and digital histories of the electronic arts.  What's come
>>> to
>>> pass, as made evident by the posts of both Lynne and Alan, is how the
>>> analogue is now looping back into practice in a kind of retroactive
>>> dialogue with digital formats and thinking.  The digital is now more than
>>> ever a morphing of analogue or, as I once put, the digital is the analogy
>>> of the analogue.
>>> Cheers,
>>> Tim
>>> Timothy Murray
>>> Professor of Comparative Literature and English
>>> Taylor Family Director, Society for the Humanities
>>> http://www.arts.cornell.edu/sochum/
>>> Curator, Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art
>>> http://goldsen.library.cornell.edu
>>> A D White House
>>> Cornell University,
>>> Ithaca, New York 14853
>>> On 9/21/15 1:00 PM, "Renate Terese Ferro" <rferro at cornell.edu> wrote:
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>>>> Thanks Alan and Lynne for you posts.  Alan your poetic description of
>>>> the
>>>> loft at ETC was spot on but I want to add to it by mentioning the iconic
>>>> smell that was so distinctive of the space.  For me it reminded me of an
>>>> attic.  The metaphor of the attic is an important one because of the
>>>> reserves of artifacts and their histories.
>>>> I am reminded this morning as I sit hear in my office of the residency
>>>> that I did at ETC in the mid 2000?s.  My project was to visit the studio
>>>> and immerse myself in the Jitter tutorials. I remember on my first
>>>> morning
>>>> there Hank Rudolph graciously met me and set me up on a computer that
>>>> was
>>>> situated on a table directly in front of the analog image processors.
>>>> It
>>>> did not take long for me to gravitate over to the immersive wall of
>>>> analog
>>>> mixers where I played for a couple of days mixing sequences and adding
>>>> real filters. The situated microphones, cameras and other equipment
>>>> around
>>>> me at the time seemed to be speaking to me as I imagined how those
>>>> before
>>>> me had also experimented in the space. I also recall combing through the
>>>> titles and authors of videotapes that comprised the video library in the
>>>> room adjacent to where I worked every day.  Jitter took somewhat of a
>>>> backseat that week!
>>>> Ithaca is not far from Owego so every night I would make the trek back
>>>> home to check in on what was happenings there.   On the occasion of one
>>>> evening over a later dinner I mentioned to Tim (as in Tim Murray)  the
>>>> amazing collection of video tapes that ETC had and how I wondered what
>>>> would happen to their condition over time.  Like other artworks would
>>>> they
>>>> degrade in unguarded conditions?  Or perhaps they were never meant to be
>>>> preserved?
>>>> The next day Tim stopped by the residency space and I showed him the
>>>> amazing bookshelf  of videotapes and there was born the idea to
>>>> investigate the possibilities of a collaboration between the
>>>> Experimental
>>>> Television Workshop and The Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art.  A
>>>> way
>>>> to preserve the history of experimental video and sound.  To imagine
>>>> that
>>>> almost ten years later Hunter College features Electronic Television
>>>> Workshop artists in a retrospective exhibition is an auspicious moment
>>>> in
>>>> time.  Not only have the videotapes been preserved and archived but the
>>>> supporting papers and documentation.
>>>> The  short week I spent at ETC not only experimenting freely with the
>>>> tools around me but immersed in an aura of history has had a significant
>>>> impact on my practice and my teaching.  I just came from my teaching
>>>> studio at Cornell where I relayed the important beginnings of ETC by a
>>>> Binghamton professor Ralph Hocking and his partner Sherry Miller Hocking
>>>> who has persisted in not only Ralph?s early visions but her own
>>>> re-visions.
>>>> I am looking forward to Hunter College?s opening on Friday evening.
>>>> Though
>>>> Sherry and Ralph will not be there their presence will be felt
>>>> throughout
>>>> the entire exhibition as so many former residency artist?s and so many
>>>> others decent upon the Hudson Street Gallery to celebrate.  If you are
>>>> in
>>>> the New York area this Friday please join in.
>>>> Renate
>>>> Opening: September 24, 7?9pm
>>>> 205 Hudson Street Gallery
>>>> Hunter College MFA Campus
>>>> New York
>>>> September 25?November 21, 2015
>>>> Hours: Wednesday?Sunday 1?6pm
>>>> www.hunter.cuny.edu
>>>> <http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/art/exhibitions-public-programs/galleries>
>>>> goldsen.library.cornell.edu <http://goldsen.library.cornell.edu/>
>>>> www.experimentaltvcenter.org <http://www.experimentaltvcenter.org/>
>>>> http://www.artandeducation.net/announcement/the-experimental-television-c
>>>> e
>>>> n
>>>> ter-a-history-etc/
>>>> Renate Ferro
>>>> Visiting Associate Professor of Art
>>>> Cornell University
>>>> Department of Art
>>>> Tjaden Hall, Office 306
>>>> Ithaca, NY  14853
>>>> Email: rferro at cornell.edu
>>>> URL:  http://www.renateferro.net
>>>>          http://www.privatesecretspubliclies.net
>>>> Lab:   http://www.tinkerfactory.net
>>>> Managing Moderator of -empyre- soft skinned space
>>>> http://empyre.library.cornell.edu/
>>>> On 9/20/15, 10:47 PM, "Alan Sondheim" <sondheim at panix.com> wrote:
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>>>>> On Sun, 20 Sep 2015, ETC wrote:
>>>>> ----------empyre- soft-skinned space----------------------
>>>>> 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.
>>>>> -- And this is perfect; the key was/is malleabolity, a porous space,
>>>>> and
>>>>> something should be said about the rough-hewn, the _wood_ of the space,
>>>>> its proximity to the bridge, to the gazebo - everything played a role.
>>>>> I
>>>>> also noticed and worked with the windows (for shooting down into the
>>>>> street for 3 a.m. performances), and the acoustic resonance of the
>>>>> room.
>>>>> Finally, as with most rooms, but so often hidden, there were the traces
>>>>> of
>>>>> machinery, other visitors, everything! in the room itself, which
>>>>> appeared
>>>>> both as a domicile and an interior body. I remember a large bat flying
>>>>> around us one night as we slept and slowly woke - it was an amazing
>>>>> peak
>>>>> experience. The loft appeared less industrial and more like a kind of
>>>>> primordial, natural order of things. Of course this is but fantasy...
>>>>> - Alan
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