In exploring the emerging video technology of the early eighties, I created a twenty-one minute video entitled ever/Becoming (1984). Ever/Becoming was created by recording the feedback of a camera pointed at a TV set which was playing back pre-recorded video footage of a performance I had recorded earlier of my friend Rick Sacks. The visual elements of ‘ever/becoming’ distort over time, that is, the electronic signal affecting the color, hue, brightness and vertical hold are manipulated in real time through the manipulations of the camera and video player’s dials.
Reflecting back on ever/Becoming, I’m somewhat amused and yet disturbed to realize that I had turned my friend Rick into something of a freakish entity, a sort of technological chimera, one who was continuously morphing between a possible human representation of himself and some distorted, abstracted and ethereal electronic signal. Ever/Becoming got me thinking about the transformative power of technology and what the implications of technology’s interventions into our lives could mean.
Video: ever/Becoming, John Naccarato, Beta analogue video format, (partial excerpt), 21’15, 1984.
Performer: Rick Sacks
Music: composed using one of the first B/W Macintosh computer (1984), by Rick Sacks