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Video Theory Chapter One

This is the first playlist to Chapter One "Static - Ocean Blue" of "Video Theory - Online Video Aesthetics or The Afterlife of Video". Rather than being the exact videos mentioned these are related videos, which showed up on a YouTube search. Ready for Remix!


The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.
WILLIAM GIBSON/NEUROMANCER
Static, static, static. Be static! Movement is static! Movement is static because it is the only immutable thing—the only certainty, the only thing that is unchangeable. The only certainty is that movement, change, and metamorphosis exists. That is why movement is static.
JEAN TINGUELY/ZERO 3

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BLUE. It is blue. The color of VIDEO is blue. A dead channel is black. Black is nothing. If a screen is black, then nothing is streamed, no content, no signal, and no function. Stand by? No, if the screen is black, then it is malfunctioning or defunct, or there is no reception. No signal, or no elec- tricity, no connection, no network? It defines a lack, emptiness. There is something. And this something is nothing. Restart.

Blue is the screen when there is a connection identified, a technical signal transmitted and displayed, a lack of content, another emptiness, but defined and limited. There is something and that something is technical and operational, a framework unfilled. Simple On.

When the screen is not blue, it is colorful, a change of light, frequently. The screen is emitting light—bluish, technically, in reference to its color temperature. When video is playing/streaming, it lights up its surroundings, its environment with changing colors, brightness, contrast, intensities and densities.

I wonder what would be the color of all videos, played all together at the same time, streamed at once onto a huge screen looked at from a dis- tance far, far away. Would it be blue like EARTH or would it be the color of TELEVISION referred to in the opening line of William Gibson’s novel Neuromancer?
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