multimedia art



Halloween Head
created 28-30 August 2009
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Stevo's Psychedelic Woodstock Experience
Mind-Altering Music Woodstock 40th Anniversary Special 15 August 2009
Woodstock 40th Anniversary Tribute Art created 16 August 2009
Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Multimedia Version





Apollo 11 Man On The Moon 40th Anniversary 20 July 1969-2009
Neil Armstrong & Buzz Aldrin
(20-21 July 2009)
Multimedia Version





featured videos



Belcalmed (2016 Digital Remake)
Special 38th Anniversary Internet Edition
Stevo In Yr Studio
Music by Eno

In 1978, while studying video art at the University of Oklahoma, I was one day stuck when there was no equipment available to shoot a video. I had one TV and two color reel-to-reel machines.

I made a recording from the TV on PBS of a man walking along a road with a suitcase. I took that recording placed it on pause, slightly adjusting the pause so that it would slowly advance and step through frame fields and recorded this to the other recorder to Eno's Becalmed.

The video had a very heartfelt and emotional feel to it as the unstable picture pulsated giving the illusion of progression, as the slumbering music moves you forward in slow dream-like fashion.

This version, of a monk taking a step along a road, is a fully digital re-creation based on the original concept, yet lacking in the romantic dis-quality of 1970s video technology.

Music owned by Eno.






Watch Stevo In Yr Studio - Video Art on Veoh

Stevo In Yr Studio - Video Art Compilation

This is a compilation of experimental films and video art created at:
The University Of Oklahoma School Of Art 1979-1981
The School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago 1982-1983

1. Space Inno - 1:43 (1983)

2. Ambience/Infinity - 6:28 (1980)

3. States Of Mine - 31:06 (1980)

4. Industrialization Of Dream Ejaculating Ecstasy Of Mind - 3:48 (1982)

5. Hand Man Loop - 11:01 (1982)

6. Night Emerges Day (with Joe Reitzer & Paras Kaul) - 6:49 (1982)

7. Journey Through The Center Of Yr Set excerpt - 8:03 (1982) 8. TVOD - 3:11 (1979)

9. Dangerous Stranger/Why Can't I Touch It - 6:42 (1979)

10. Ronald Ray-Gun (with Kevin Stark) - 3:24 (1981)

11. Devo: The Palladium, Dallas 3 August 1979 - 2:19 (1979)

12. Back To Normal (with Max Maxwell) - 4:24 (1980)

13. Video Loop Experience - 10:12 (1980)

14. Water Colours - 3:34 (1980)

15. KGOU: Stevo In Yr Stereo "Jazz Straight, No Chaser" - 5:04 (1980)

16. Dada Dali - 0:56 (1983)

17. Video Experience - 1:12 (1979)

18. Organic Ritual To The Eternal Video God excerpt - 7:52 (1979)

19. Space Outro - 0:24 (1983)

Note: This compilation was taken from a 2nd generation VHS tape, which is all I had available to transfer, so the quality is a bit less than optimal.





Dangerous Stranger - Why Can't I Touch It?
Special 30th Anniversary Internet Edition
Pup Production 1979-2009
Music by The Buzzcocks

Inspired by Bruce Conner.

This piece was created with the concept of combining an unedited sequence of found film footage with an unedited pop song. The end result was very satisfying, as there are numerous occurences where the visual and audio are in harmony.

Additionally, this work speaks to the mental illness and delusion of child molesters. As it turned out, this was a favorite video of my eldest daughter, when she was very young, who found it extremely entertaining and educational.





Synoid - 1983 - 5:00
New digital remastered audio.

Pure video feedback with no special effects or processing of any kind, although the completed video has a few edits. The patterns were changed by slightly adjusting the camera aperture and focus.

The audio was created with various analog synthesizers configured to produce oscillating sequences and were not modified or altered during recording.

Both video and audio were created at The School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago and are examples of self-generating systems. This work explores the nature of the media and allows me to become audience to my own work.


The following image is from the session when Synoid was recorded.

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48 hour marathon recording session @ SAIC Electronic Sound Studio
23-24 April 1983





The following five videos are courtesy of:

mediaburn





TVOD (edit) - 1979 - 0:40
Music by The Normal

Shot one-frame-at-a-time over a 17 hour period, TVOD depicts stereotypical television imagery and our ability to comprehend and identify split second exposure to rapidfire pop culture iconology.

This version is edited as shown on The 90's, PBS, WTTW, Chicago, 1990.





Dangerous Stranger/why can't i touch it? - 1979 - 6:41
Music by The Buzzcocks

Inspired by Bruce Conner.

This piece was created with the concept of combining an unedited sequence of found film footage with an unedited pop song. The end result was very satisfying, as there are numerous occurences where the visual and audio are in harmony.

Additionally, this work speaks to the mental illness and delusion of child molesters. As it turned out, this was a favorite video of my eldest daughter, when she was very young, who found it extremely entertaining and educational.

From Image Union, 20 June 1983, PBS, WTTW, Chicago.





Ronald Ray Gun - 1980 - 3:12
Music by Memluks

Created for the Rock Against Reagan concert to benefit United Farm Workers Association at Zeros New Wave Lounge in Fort Worth, Texas, January 1980.

From Image Union, 27 January 1987, PBS, WTTW, Chicago.





Back To Normal - 1980 - 3:40
Music: "Home" by Van Steeden, Clarkson & Clarkson
Performed by Henry Hall & The Gleneagles Hotel Band
Created by Mr. Nuclear & Stevo In Yr Studio

Inspired by Bruce Conner.

Culled from found footage of educational films from the 1940s and 1950s of subjects ranging from Amputee Veterans to Atomic Attacks to Juvenile Delinquency to Dangerous Strangers and Woodshop Safety!

From Image Union, 6 June 1983, PBS, WTTW, Chicago.

Note: Image Union announces two tapes, however, I have them presented separately. "Ronald Ray Gun" is the second one.





Industrialization Of Dream Ejaculating Ecstacy Of Mind - 1982 - 3:53
Music by Pupaum

Experimental video art piece created at The School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago. Video synthesis using the Sandin Image Processor. Audio created using an EMU modular synthesizer.

This work explored images of the mind's eye via dreams, reveries and phosphenes (pressing the eyelids to create light hallucinations).

From Image Union, 27 January 1987, PBS, WTTW, Chicago.

Note: This piece was edited by Image Union, removing two lovemaking scenes.





feedback & loops



industrialization of dream ejaculating ecstacy of mind (1982)





The influence for my video loop work:

Eno's audio loop diagram (re-created by siys)

I began working with 1/2-inch reel-to-reel b+w video in 1973 at age 15, in high school. In 1978, while I was in college, I was staring at the diagram of an audio loop system on the back cover of "Discreet Music" by Brian Eno, and Eureka! -- I could apply this system to video, I thought!!! I immediately began experimenting with various video loop system setups. My first obstacle was realizing video had sync to contend with, making it a much more difficult medium to loop with than audio.

There were many variations and configurations of video looping systems which I devised, but I will explain the simplest system, which I used for many years (mostly using b&w equipment, and, often, employing video synthesis for creating color. others were done in color). Here's how it's done...

(refer to diagram)

Place two 1/2" reel-to-reel video machines as far apart as you want the delay to be and thread the videotape between the two. The first machine is recording, the second is playing back. A camera is feeding the recording deck and a video monitor is displaying the playback deck. Aim the camera at the video moniter and let the games begin.

Now, depending on what type of piece I wished to create, I could either have the camera stay zoomed in within the confines of the video monitor screen, or have it zoomed out showing the video monitor screen at varying ratios within the camera's frame. I created 'ambient', 'wallpaper' or 'abstract' (whatever you want to call them) pieces keeping the camera zoomed in within the frame of the video monitor. I would zoom out beyond the frame of the video monitor to create 'performance' oriented pieces.

The looping systems are difficult to get good results with, even when using perfectly functioning equipment. In many case I spent more than 20 times the amount of time setting up the looping system, in relation to the time I spent recording the piece!





Creating video loop art with Sandin Image Processor in the SAIC Video Studio, circa 1982





Journey Through The Center Of Yr Set (1982)





Night Emerges Day (1982)
created in collaboration with Joe Reitzer & Paras Kaul





In Search Of Divine Attributes (1982)





Hand Man Loop (1982)





The above video loops all employed the Sandin Image Processor

Dan Sandin and his Image Processor at SAIC, circa 1981





The Zgrass UV-1 Computer was also employed on "Night Emerges Day"





Synoid (1983)





Synoid (1983)
30 second detail - 2.83 MB

This piece is pure video feedback.
No digital processing or special effects of any kind were employed.





group collaboration



Excerpts from Video: Live/Two-Way/Interactive Event
(2 December 1982)

In 2003 Jon Cates compiled a video called "Old Skool Revolutionaries" which is a composite of works by various artists from the Video Department at The School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago from 1977-2001.

This video is my composite of all the section of "Video: Live/Two-Way/Interactive Event" used in "Old Skool Revolutionaries".

"Video: Live/Two-Way/Interactive Event" was a day long collaborative performance event on 2 December 1982 utilizing the closed-circuit video system throughout the school.

The primary contributing artists for "Video: Live/Two-Way/Interactive Event" were Nancy Bechtol, Ben Kerns, Michael Markowski, Jessie Affelder and Mark Resch. I was Technical Director for the live event and also contributed video feedback and gliss guitar. That's Nancy on vocoder.





Old Skool Revolutionaries
Compiled by Jon Cates (2003)





SAIC Media Center 1983
Polaroid courtesy of Robert Johnson





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