Tom Sherman

1978, 03:00 minutes, B&W


The author of a text confronts the viewer from behind a flat character generator display of his text. The writing allows the author to extend himself into the space and time of the viewer. The video appears as an early example of interactive television (primary focus on the control end). A Western Front Video Production. Envisioner represented Canada at the Venice Biennale, 1980.

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