Two Video Installations

Poster: Two Video Installations

“Two Video Installations” consisted of Paris Dawn Burn (1977) and Lasering (1977-78). In the former, Lucier recorded seven 30-minute videotapes of the sunrise over the Centre Pompidou. Displayed on seven monitors set up in an arc, in each the sun burned the surface of the camera’s vidicon tube, leaving a black arcing mark over the video. The piece foils this engagement with video’s materiality and technical processes with the picturesque image of the sun rising in Paris. In Lasering a laser was suspended above a recording camera, which likewise burned the vidicon tube and, by way of a closed circuit monitor, played back the result. As minute changes in the room such as vibrations and air currents moved the laser, it patterned the image. Lasering also set a reflection upon video’s medium in tension with a process less analytic and less inflected by lineages of modernist painting: that of the otherwise imperceptible environmental changes in the space.

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