Our ALL CIRCUITS ON series, produced in close collaboration with Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), focuses on early video and the pioneers who created it. Aldo Tambellini is a giant in the field, and we happily host him here for a two evening survey of his sizeable output. Each show will overflow with classic and long unseen tapes, films, experiments and explanations from Aldo about how he manages to make such striking, stimulating works. This is a rare opportunity to see old and new work from someone we’ve wanted to present for a long time.
Organized by Rebecca Cleman (EAI) & Andrew Lampert (Anthology). Support for this series comes from the Experimental Television Center’s Presentation Funds, which is supported by public funds from the Electronic Media and Film Program of the New York State Council on the Arts. Special thanks to Sherry Miller Hocking.
ABC-TV INTERVIEW & FIRST VIDEO TAPE (1967)
A 1967 interview with Tambellini shot for an ABC series on the New York Lower East Side arts scene that includes an excerpt from BLACK VIDEO ONE, his first experimental videotape made in 1966.
TV AS A CREATIVE MEDIUM — BLACK SPIRAL (1969)
Excerpts from the epochal 1969 exhibition at the Howard Wise Gallery, videotaped by Ira Schneider in black-and-white, and in color by Jud Yalkut. Tambellini created BLACK SPIRAL with two engineers from Bell Laboratories.
BLACK GATE COLOGNE (1968)
Excerpts from the original 45-minute broadcast, on WDR TV, Germany, made with Otto Piene — the first international television broadcast by artists. “It was a live event involving films, light objects, slides, sound and the participation of the studio audience… Two consecutive 45-minute broadcasts with different audiences were recorded in the studio, and then in part copied one on top of the other to intensify the transmitted product.” —MEDIA ART NET
WGBH TV BROADCAST
— THE MEDIUM IS THE MEDIUM (1969)
BLACK, Tambellini’s utterly gorgeous contribution to this spectacular omnibus broadcast — the first U.S. television broadcast by artists — will be shown?
Excerpts of the original 1966 b&w tape will be shown. Tambellini reprocessed it with the Paik-Abe Synthesizer in 1973. The sound is original and was created by an oscilloscope and Tambellini’s vocal improvisation in real time reaction to the images.
ELECTROMEDIA PERFORMANCES (1965-68)
Stills of some ‘Electromedia’ Inter-media performances will be seen along with an experimental short film by Jud Yalkut of the Moondial Performance at the DOM on the Lower East Side.
ATLANTIC IN BROOKLYN
— THE LIFE OF A STREET: MORNING, NOON & NIGHT (1971)
Excerpts will be shown. Made at a time when Tambellini’s cornea was severely scarred by a virus and he was haunted by the fear of going blind, ATLANTIC IN BROOKLYN captures life as it unfolds at an intersection where several streets and avenues meet. Shot from his loft on Atlantic Avenue across from the Williamsburg Bank Building.
BLACK FILM SERIES (1965-1968)
“My approach to the non-photographic film is related to the oriental (Chinese and Japanese) scroll. The clear leader of the film is treated as a scroll disregarding the frames and it is painted with abstract calligraphy. The black leader is scratched and worked on with chemicals. I found computer tape on the sidewalk on West Broadway near Spring Street in NYC in the 60s. The holes on the tape held meaning to the computer but when used as a stencil on the film, they created another language.” —A.T.
“Abrasive, provocative and turbulent, the series is a rapid-fire response to the beginning of the information age and a world in flux.” —Mark Webber, Film Curator
BLACK IS (1965)
His first film made entirely without the use of the camera.
BLACK TRIP (1965)
“Phantasy with the speed of nightmare. Hypnotic effect of organic microscopic forms. It is a trip for blind America.” —NEW YORK TIMES
BLACK TRIP 2 (1967)
“An internal probing of the violence and mystery of the American psyche seen through the eye of a black man and the Russian revolution.” —A.T., GROVE PRESS CATALOGUE
BLACK PLUS X (1966)
“Tambellini focuses on contemporary life in a black community with a filmic device by which a black person is instantaneously turned white by the mere projection of the negative image.” —GROVE PRESS CATALOGUE
“…like an action painting by Franz Kline.” —GROVE PRESS CATALOGUE
BLACK TV (1968, split-screen projections)
“The artist’s sensory perception of the violence of the world we live in projected through a television tube.” —GROVE PRESS CATALOGUE
“Of Tambellini’s work so far this is his masterpiece.” —JAPAN FILM REVIEW
Dedicated to the poet, Mayakovsky. “As a survivor of WWII in Italy, when at the age of 13, my neighborhood was bombed by a B-23 on the Day of the Epiphany, ‘44. Twenty-one of my neighbors were killed and many wounded. LISTEN to the collateral damage of war! The killing fields, the young soldiers’ wasted lives… Why War?, asks a child.” —A.T.