A site specific audio-visual exhibition by composer and media artist Arnold Dreyblatt. Curated by Marco Marzuoli and supervised by director Enzo de Leonibus as part of the Lux series at Museolaboratorio Ex Manifattura Tabacchi, Citta’ Sant’Angelo (PE) Italy, September 1 to September 30, 2018. The exhibition, installed in eight spaces within the Museolaboratorio, explored the relationship of Dreyblatt’s early video work from the 1970’s to his research into string vibration and to his emerging career as a composer within an immersive exploration of visual and audio perception.
For the exhibition, Dreyblatt created a new video work “Screen Memory” (2017) to correspond with six of his early video works were produced at State University at Buffalo, Center for Media Study from 1974-76 and Digitized from analog 1/2inch videotape at ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und Media), Karlsruhe in 2017. The showing of these works represented a European Premiere and the first showing since a presentation at Anthology Film Archives in New York in 1976. These analog works explore stroboscopic color non-optical imagery and flickering moire patterning and were dispayed on the cathode-ray monitors for which they were originally created.
Historical videos Displayed: “Burst”, “Uranus, “Fluctuations, “Carbon”, “Lapse”, “Baby Essentials”.
Accompanying the video works was the premier of the multi-room sound installation “Monochordo”, (2018) in which seven tuned monochord instruments are each fitted with a timed magnetic feedback and driver system which sets the strings into vibration resulting in a rising and falling chorus of harmonic resonance. The installations each had an individual amplifying system. Engineer Magnetic Driver System: Filippo del Trappeto
The electronic sound tracks of two video works mixed in space with the “Monochordo” installation.
“Turntable History” (2009) a 5.1 Surround Installation produced by Nepenthes Mastering Berlin in 2009 was installed in a circular domed space. The sounds were produced on the “Siemens Magnetom Maestro Class Magnetic Resonance Imaging System” (MRI) from the Radiology practive of Dr. Anne Sparenberg in Berlin.
In five glass vitrines which were constructed especially for the exhibition, archival documents and works were displayed from the Dreyblatt Archive (1973 – 2003), referring to his origins in film and video art, his studies with The Vasulkas, La Monte Young, Pauline Oliveros and Alvin Lucier, his research into the acoustics of strings and tuning and related ephemera from the time period.
“the magic square tuning system and how i got there”, A unique Box Edition created in 2007 for Jörg Hiller was included in the archival presentation.
„A String When Sounded Makes Many Sounds at Once“, 8mm Film by Edye Weissler from 1982, was screened at the exit from the exhibition. The film is the only moving image documentation of his early american ensemble in preparation for a concert at Real Art Ways in Hartford in 1982.
Lux 03. Lux is a research program between contemporary music and visual art. A project to promote a different form of art, in the context of museums/galleries conceived as artistic spaces of knowledge.
Thanks to Rosano P
Multi Monitor DVD display; 2003
One perceives an endless text dynamically fluttering on miniature black monitor. The downward flow of text from top to bottom of the screen is interrupted continually by a lateral left-right movement, resulting in an instability, and a degree of illegibility. The text is derived from textual fragments which have been collected from the card catalog of the Jewish Museum Archive in Berlin. The archive contains objects which have been donated to the Collection before the current location. The texts describe the condition of the donated objects and documents.
The work has been displayed in two forms on two occasions:
Galerie Anselm Dreher, 2003: Three miniature TFT displays hung on a wall in a dark room.
Jewish Museum Frankfurt, 2005: The work was situated in the section of the Museum in the Judengasse in Frankfurt, where an archaeological site may be entered. The monitor is positioned inside a deep brick well, and is only viewable from a specific standpoint near the entrance.
Black Plexiglass, Rear Projection, DVD, 10 min., loop, 1999
Source materials: Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz, Berlin. Image generated on a motorized microfilm machine.
Monochrome rear projection on black plexiglass of microfilmed archival documents, lateral endless movement from left to right. The documents, which are the results of interrogations with German soldiers at the end of World War II, are only vaguely readable in the installation.
First presented as part of "From the Archives", solo exhibition at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, 1999.
3 screen projection, DVD, 17 min., loop, 1996
Documentation of an abandoned Salt Mine in Colorado with storage space equivalent to 43 football fields, the dedication of the first documented Time Capsule, and a robotic mass storage system.
First presented at the Arken Museum of Modern Art as part of the interactive performance-installation, "Memory Arena" in 1996.
Original Marerial VHS, DVD, 6 min., loop, 1992
A robotic mass storage system in which files are ordered and physically moved by a robotic monk/librarian. The machine periodically self-destructs.
First presented as part of the solo exhibition: "T: from the Great and Small Archive", Galerie Ozwei, Berlin, 1992
Analog Videotapes, 1/2 inch
Collection of the Donnell Library, New York; Anthology Film Archives, New York; The Vasulkas Archive, Santa Fe, New Mexico: ZKM Karlsruhe
Created at the Center for Media Studies, State University and Media Studies Center, Buffalo, New York, Center for Media Studies in 1974 and digitized in 2017 at ZKM, Karlsruhe.
Screenings: Media Study Buffalo, 1973, Anthology Film Archives, 1974
1. "Lapse", 9:10, Loop
Stroboscopic Color Interference Patters
Superimposed over a Moiré pattern created by superimposed scan lines; analogue color burst signals beat against each other. The resulting stroboscopic pulsing stimulates apparent color fields, as the beating displays red, green and blue faster than the perception of the naked eye.
2. "Baby Essentials", 6:51
Analogue Video Camera, Video Feedback and flickering Color
3. "Burst", 8;02, Loop
Beating Stroboscopic Color Interference Patters
Animated Bhuddist scuptures.
4. "Fluctuations", 7:30, Loop
Analogue Video Camera, Digital switcher, Found Objects
5. "Uranus", 12:16, Loop
Created using a video feedback loop and frequency modulation. The flickering white light infers the appearance of color.
6. "Carbon", 11:24, Loop
Analog Video Camera, Found Objects, Feedback Loop, Rutt-Etra Analog Video Synthesizer
7. "Coordinates", 6:50, Loop
Analog Video Camera, Turntable with Objects, Chroma Keying, Feedback Loop
Animated 16mm film and Electronic audio tape
Animation of 1000 multi-armed Tibetan Figures composed by Loan-Ska at the time of the Emperor Ch'ien Lung (1736-1796 A. D.)
Audio produced at the Electronic Music Studio at S.U.N.Y. Albany, New York. Audiotape has been lost.