Tasman Richardson

2000, 17:45 minutes, colour


Abstract narratives woven from 8 bit video signal primitive, yet yielding a multitude of textures, tones and expressions. Steady predictable pulse, interference, turbulent noise laced with melody harmony and layer upon percussive layer without resolution, peace, fulfillment. Edited within the context of musical time signature resulting in a work which is both visually compelling and musically lyrical.

To narrate emotion using an abstract, yet universal, language of aesthetics in a musical structure.
To define video as the universal (cross cultural) language of unfiltered signal.

Instrumental music speaks to a universal cross cultural audience. Due to the musical nature of my editing technique and the instrumental nature of my signal source, the viewer will SEE melodies, HEAR images,
interpret anticipate and remember tones, textures, varying speeds and a uniting abstract narrative.

My previous works have focused on information entropy, and have made an effort to exemplify the maximum threshold at which information can be transmitted. The expression of a complete thought with as few words, images, sounds as possible. My current goal is to apply what I understand about minimal symbolic communication, to build a universal language of aesthetics, utilizing pure video signal.

Recent trends in video, as in music, show artists attempting to eliminate the use of actors and locations by sampling and appropriating from the existing cultural surplus of video imagery. I propose an evolutionary step in this symbolic communication is to eliminate all camera related images and to restricting myself to that which is absolute video, absolute signal.

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