The process of image processing at the Experimental Television Center
Tennant, Carolyn Irene
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The Experimental Television Center is a non-profit media arts residency space and cultural organization located in Owego, New York. Following its mission, the Center serves many different purposes for the electronic art and experimental media communities; it supports the work of independent media with funding opportunities, facilitates the exhibition of a variety of media work, and honors the heritage of the moving-image with research, education, and preservation initiatives such as the Video History Project. During residencies at the Center, media artists work in an immersive environment where they can conduct real-time experiments using analog and digital signal processing equipment. The thesis presents my research on the Experimental Television Center in three parts. Part one is an essay that introduces the Center and explains its form, its function, and its role in the histories of media art practices. Part two is a series of interviews with individuals directly affiliated with the Center from its inception. Part three is a media project---in the form of a single-channel, documentary video---in which Dave Jones demonstrates how to operate the Colorizer that he designed for installation at the Center thirty years ago. This project examines the development of the Center as a residency space and the history of tools developed collaboratively by artists and technologists at the Center.