Manipulated Image #3:

April 24, 2009
@ the Santa Fe Complex

Steina and Woody Vasulka

Video icons, and long time Santa Feans, Steina and Woody Vasulka will present their work, including live interactive video by Steina. Get a glimpse of history from the people that made it, as they give their insights and reflections on the significant moments in the chronicles of video art, and point the way to the future.

The 3rd Manipulated Image will present the pioneers of video art, Steina and Woody Vasulka, who will discuss and share their work. Steina and Woody Vasulka have lived in Santa Fe for the last 22 years. In 1965, they initiated the showing of video art at the Whitney Museum, and in 1971, co-founded The Kitchen, an Electronic Media Theater, in New York City.

Steina studied violin, and music theory, at the State Music Conservatory in Prague, and played with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. Woody studied at the School of Industrial Engineering in Brno, and the Academy of Performing Arts Faculty of Film and Television in Prague. In 1964 they married in Prague, and shortly after, they moved to New York City.

Steina began working with video in 1969, and since then her various tapes and installations have been exhibited in the USA, Europe and Asia. Although her main thrust is in creating Video Tapes and Installations, she has also been involved in interactive performance in public places, playing a digitally adapted violin to move video images displayed on large video projectors.

Since 1969, after producing a pioneering body of tapes in collaboration with Steina, Woody Vasulka has investigated the narrative, syntactical, and metaphorical potential of electronic imaging. His development of an expressive image-language began as a rigorous deconstruction of the materiality of the electronic signal, and has evolved to the application of imaging codes and digital manipulation, to narrative strategies, and a series of interactive installations in the 1990s.