• Steina

    SITE Santa Fe
    1606 Paseo de Peralta
    February 16–May 11, 2008

    Curated by Laura Steward Heon and Liza Statton

    For Steina, seeing has never been believing. The video pioneer instead throws vision into doubt, distortion, and feedback—underscoring the electronic image’s reliance on malleable waveforms or unstable live networks. This first retrospective focusing on Steina’s solo work (following several on her decades-long collaboration with Woody Vasulka) brings together thirty-one videos and installations, most made between 1970 and 2000, highlighting the artist’s dedication to the contingencies of performance and place. Three versions, one new, of Violin Power, 1970– (in which a violin triggers image-processing devices that allow sound to affect forms onscreen), will showcase Steina’s adroit manipulation of audio and video as equivalent signals. The catalogue promises an essay by new-media curator Steve Dietz and an interview of Steina by “expanded cinema” guru Gene Youngblood.