In the mid 90s, while in college, I took my first art video class. There was not much interest in the classic video world of tape, but it was still much easier than the hours upon hours of computer rendering I was encountering in many of my digital and animation classes.
The Toaster editing machine sat in a small unused room. I asked my art professor why there were no classes being taught with it. I was told that it was available for independent video editing study only. So I signed up for the study and acquired the keys to the editing room. I spent endless hours teaching my self the Toaster and the fine art of editing.
Soon after, I showed my first video to the class. They all said my timing was impeccable and that I could have a career in the world of video.
My second video was called Like Mother Like Daughter which I created with my very own High 8 camera. I submitted it to an artist call in Los Angeles and not only did it get accepted, I got paid, it was selected for the LA County Museum Library and it went on a tour around the US.
I went from the inexpensive High 8 camera and editing bay to VHS and then to the very expensive Beta. I realized as I got deeper into the process of video that not having access to any “real” equipment after college would make it impossible for me to continue.
In 2009 I bought a good pro video camera and a new souped up iMac and returned to creating videos. During my time with VoxMaids I tried to create a new video backdrop for every show, a project that helped me dive deeper into producing video with my computer.
I look forward to more creative endeavors with video and sound as the technology continues to expand.
In the past I have created a few video backdrops for live performances. Here are a select few.
Gekko Projekt | Grains of Sand, performance backdrop, Alva’s Showroom, San Pedro, CA, June 6, 2015.
Gates of Light backdrop, Berkeley, CA, 2016 (no sound)
VoxMaids performance backdrop, 2005
VoxMaids backdrop, Climate Theater, San Francisco, CA, June 27, 2009.
VoxMaids backdrop and live performance, SF Fringe Festival, San Francisco, CA, September 11, 2009.
Gekko Projekt | Frienda, performance backdrop, Alva’s Showroom, San Pedro, CA, June 6, 2015.
Gekko Projekt, Jovian’s Belt and North of Titan performance backdrop, Alva’s Showroom, San Pedro, CA, June 6, 2015.