more video's to
PAINTINGS - TELEVISED 1966 - 1967 - 1969.
role of Photography"
Commissioned by the National Swedish Television year 1964. B/w.
Multimedia/electronic experiment. 30 minutes. And an outdoor exhibition on
giant bill board in the City of Stockhom plus indoors exhibitions at Lunds
Konsthall and Gavle Museeum among other Gallerys. Represented at Moderna Museet
- "TIME" -
b/w, Commissioned by the National Swedish Television. Electronic paintings
televised in September 1966. 30 minutes. A video
synthesizer was temporarily built, in spite of the TV-technicians apprehension. (Same
technical system was later used to create MONUMENT one year later, 1967.) See
letters from RUTT ELECTROPHYSICS, NY, USA dated March 12, 1974, below *. "In
principle this process is similar to methods used by Nam June Paik and others,
some years later." Rutt&Etra . Nam June Paik visited Elektronmusic Studion
in Stockholm July/August 1966 , during the Stockhom Festival; "Visions of the
Present". Static pictures from TIME was demonstrated for
Paik at this point in time. A rich documentation is available from the main
news media in Sweden about "TIME". Parts of "TIME" was
planned to be send via satellite to New York, but the American participants,
E.A.T. - Billy Kluver and &, pulled out. (See E.A.T.s
and Billy Kluver's biased USA history page from Aug. 1966) "TIME" is the very
first 'videoart'-work televised as an ultimate exhibition/installation
statement, televised at that point in 'time' for the reason to produce an
historical record as well as an evidence of 'original' visual free art, made
with the electronic medium - manipulation of the electronic
signal - and 'exhibited/installed' through the televison,
televised. Other important factors for the creation of TIME was our awareness
of the fact that the "electron" was, at this Time, the smallest known particle
and that all traditional visual art, up to this Time was created with light -
material/colour reflecting the light - (lightpainting) and the description of
our new concept should be "Electronic painting". Pontus Hulten and his
associates launched the term "Machine" art
as an attempt to describe the Time movement. Pierre
Restany was using the term "Mec Art". The work was
commenced early 1966. (Soundtrack by Don Cherry, USA) Paintings on canvass and
paper was made from the static material, and in silk-screen prints, for a
large numbers of Fine Arts Galleries and Museums 1966, ironically in a
'limited edition', signed and numbered by the artist; Ture Sjolander/Bror
Wikstrom. (See National Museeum Stockholm, Sweden).
- "MONUMENT" - b/w. Electronic paintings televised in 5 European Nations;
France, Italy, Sweden, Germany and Switzerland, 1968. Monument reached an
total audience of more than 150 million. The work surpassed the limits of
"videoart" - a word first used in the beginning of 1970 - 73 - and was
developed into an extended communication project, involving other visual
artists, by invitations, multimedia artwork including the creation of
tapestries, (Kerstin Olsson) silk/screen prints on canvass and paper - first
edition, by Ture Sjolander/Lars Weck, posters, and an LP/Record Music,
(Hansson&Karlsson) and some years later paintings on canvass, (Sven-Inge),
and a book among other things, exhibited in several international Fine Arts
Galleries. Catalogue text for Ture Sjolander by Pierre Restany, Paris Oct.31, 1968.
- Gene Youngbloods book
"Expanded Cinema". 1970.
IN THE BRAIN" - 30 minutes.
Televised 1969, in direct connection with the moonlanding project by NASA. in
Swedish Television. Soundtrack by Hansson&Karlsson.
First colour electronic original painting where the electronic signal where
manipulated. Described in media as an Electronic Space Opera. Based on
authentic material directly delivered from NASA. Space in the
Brain was a creation dealing with the ; "space out there"
- the space in our brains and the electronic space, (in television)
Contemporary to Clarke's 2001, except that the Picture it self was scrutinized
and the subject, and focused, in Space in the Brain. The Static material from
the electronic paintings was worked out into other medias and materials;
tapestrys made in France among other objects was made in large size, 3 x 2
meter, for Albany Corporation USA and for IBM, Sweden, as in "TIME" and
"MONUMENT", see above.
- And a serie of bestseller posters was
produced, and world wide distributed, by Scan-Décor Upsala, Sweden.
"Man at the
Moon". is the name of the LP
ELECTROPHYSICS, NY, USA.
RUTT ELECTROPHYSICS, 21-29 West 4th Street, New Yourk,N.Y., 10012.
March 12, 1974.
Signed by Sherman
Section of Swedish National
Television, Stockholm, Sweden.
"I am writing a
detailed magazine article about the history of video
avaiable I gather that a videofilm program, "MONUMENT",
broadcast in Stockholm in January, 1968, was the first distortion of
video scan-line rasters achieved by applying tones from
wave form generators.
This is of such
great importance - historically
- that I would like to obtain more detailed documentation of the program and of
the electronic circuitry employed to manipulate the video
I understand from
your New York office that there may have been a brochure or booklet published
about the program.
I will be
happy to pay any expense for publications, photcopies or other documents about
the program and its production -particulary with regard to the method of
modulating the deflection voltage in the flying-spot telecine
synthesis" is becoming a prominent technique in TV
production here in the United States, and I think it will be interesting to give
credit to your broadcasting system and personal for achieving this historic
( A number of authentic documents/letters
from this communications is avaliable)
No "detailed article" or even
magazine was never reported or later presented after receiving the vital
information from the Swedish Broadcating Company, by Rutt