Violin Power

  • Steina Vasulka, Violin Power, 1970-1978, single-channel video, black and white, sound; 10:04 minutes, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1978, Steina Vasulka, Museum purchase made possible by the Ford Motor Company, 2008.21.12

Exhibition Label
Steina Vasulka, who was trained as a classical violinist, describes this work as “a demo tape on how to play video on the violin.” Violin Power weaves the audio signal into the video image, linking sight with sound and outlining a new electronic aural-imaging “syntax.” The video ties the two senses together in a single signal and demonstrates natural assumptions about what is seen and what is simultaneously heard. As the tape progresses through three performances, audio wave forms produced by the musical instrument begin to affect the video image and eventually become the video generator itself.

Watch This!: Revelations in Media Art, 2015
Title
Violin Power
Artist
Date
1970-1978
On View
Not on view.
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Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase made possible by the Ford Motor Company

Mediums Description
single-channel video, black and white, sound; 10:04 minutes
Keywords
  • Figure female – waist length
  • Performing arts – music – violin
  • Object – musical instrument – violin
Object Number
2008.21.12
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