Lake Huron Birds (take 3)

Jane Wright

1982, 10:00 minutes, colour, English


This is an examination of movement, and its perception on the video screen. It dissects a 'found sequence' of activity in nature, and in so doing evokes the quiet experience of looking at birds on a beach. It also causes the viewer to re-examine the impact of the scene's reproduction on the video screen. The images become document, photography, tapestry and lyrical rhythm. The videotape was produced at the Experimental TV Center using equipment which included the CAT computer, David Jones and Paik-Abe colourizers, and the ETC sequencer. Four different processes were used to transform the image of birds on a beach jockeying for place as waves cover the sand bar they occupy. The tape switches from one another in controlled visual rhythm.

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