THE WEST 1983
ENVIRONMENT BY STEINA
BY WOODY VASULKA
|THE WEST revels in the vastness
of the western spaces, the primeval quality of
the landscape and ancient architecture, the rich
colors of the earth and sky, and the all-encompassing
light and warmth of the sun. The complex layering
of spaces and the electronic manipulation of image,
color, and form so central in Steina’s earlier
work is still an important aspect of this installation.
But The West is emphatically a tribute to the
grandeur of nature.
|D E S C R I P T I O N
|THE WEST is a two video, four audio
channel installation with thirty minutes of repeating
program. Each of the two video laser disk players
provides one video and two audio sources to a
bank of video monitors and four speakers. A video
synchronizer aligns the two channels of video
for synchronous playback. At the end of each thirty-minute
cycle, the program automatically returns and re-synchronizes
for a repeat performance.