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Untitled
1979, 7 min, b&w, mono sound

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This was my first video work. I made it using a half-inch Sony Portapak reel-to-reel deck and AVC-3400 camera as an undergrad student in the first course New York University offered in video production. Concurrently, I had been taking photographs of my new life in the city with a Kodak Colorburst 250 Instant camera. In Untitled, these time-based technologies face-off. The Kodak 250 generates a picture of the Sony 3400, which surveys the development of its pictorial mirror image. While the photo of the video camera is caught in time, it emerges over time, and creates a perceptual illusion. In this unassuming meditation on cognition and metaphysics, science concedes to magic. The sounds of random late night TV shows traverse the space of this techno-science time-warp single-take.
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