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“Image/Process 1 and 2”

The Kitchen

Judging by the work by 21 artists included in this two-part anthology, much recent video that relies on electronic image processing and manipulation draws its inspiration not so much from the Fluxist undermining of the image pioneered by Nam June Paik as from the computerized slickness (and emotional shallowness) of rock video and TV commercials. In fact, many of the tapes in this series (curated by Shalom Gorewitz, himself a video artist known for his electronically processed work) seem to be built up from a single formula, varied according to the individual predilections of the artists. Characteristically the tapes include heavily processed imagery, either of computer-generated patterns or simple camera shots, accompanied by strongly rhythmic, electronically derived soundtracks.

In many cases work of this sort seems trapped between competing art-music models of the ’70s and ’80s: on the

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