Staitc Noise Developing; Melting

Karissa Hahn




..looping 16mm projection of tv static melting....(the white noise, the analog -  gone digital - gone analog)  

Static noise disappeared in the advent of digital broadcasting, which resurfaced on the internet, which has been copied and transferred to analog form .... 

When a form falls into obsolescence, an evocation of the utopian ideals that the form held in promise at its advent re-emerge, freed from the technological cell we’re in.” RK  

Quite intrigued by a Julia Chang’s perspective on the post-medium condition in regards to Rosalind Krauss’ concept of obsolescence.  She spoke of a certain artist David Moreno….and his piece Television Noise, which is “transforming the otherwise unpleasant crackle of broadcast static into a visual contemplation that subjects it to a historical lineage of evaluation of craft, and, on the other, brings it into the politicized sphere of the art institution that it has become in the postmodern period, particularly through the lens of institutional critique.”  JC

To this sentiment, the ‘lost world’….

To this,

David Joselit describes the general trajectory of a technology’s cycle as one that originates from a hobbyist’s occupation to a military application and finally to a commercial usurpation.  Television is unique in that it had slim military application and jumped rather directly into its commercial application. The incredible rate of so-called technological advances in consumer electronics has increased exponentially, and even more so since the introduction of the personal computer.” JC 


(David Joselit, reading of “Feedback: Art and Politics in the Television Era,” (not yet published) lecture presentation November 28, 2005, from Chang, Julia “Analog Signal”)

I aim to the core, to the target of a discourse on the illusion of the digital rhetoric - which here, disassembles when gone analog.  Which curled back on itself would not correct, yet not-notwithstanding, would destruct. 

and I’m thinking of the word: homogenized.

and I’m thinking of your thoughts:  “a glow that frees the medium from its commercial enslavement.”  

To which there is a semblance, or rather not; perhaps a biological definition of the term would suffice  ::::       “to prepare a suspension of cell constituents.”  

Static as an image in stasis, perpetually melted by analog form into movement.  The white noise, “the light from a star just before it explodes….”

The hum of the atmosphere - particles.  The erratic static in stasis melting, the optical space of cosmic microwaves permeating in-frame.  

a ghost from the past, T.V. noise decomposing in projection.  Static noise developing; melting.

The interstitial points of reception….

What is the in-between static broadcasting, anyway? All the weaker signals of light and other electronic frequencies--an amalgamation of unorganized, unintentional communications on the electronic level. Without motivation from the commercial sector, the potential of these spaces has been under-investigated and virtually illegalized by the mandatory regulation by the FCC.” JC.

By “injecting the power on the transparent surface”

T.V. > static regulated/allotted by the FCC, re-emerged on the internet…. to the film, transparent surface, ready for printing, superannuated by the former mention.  

Now, here I put it in TENSIONal terms.  In in-TENSIONAL terms.  Pulled through a projector (friction in current media landscape)

The “interstitial points of reception.”  

Television static had become obsolete with digital broadcasting, yet, emerged on the internet as a copy, or artifact, floating in the digital landscape we all know so strangerly well, floating in the pool of data that presents itself to us in ever-constant emerging “vicious devices.”  

The ubiquitous realm of data pools, of meta-data, of copies of interstitial regulated and allotted figures,  resurfacing -  

 - and then melting.

(Chang, Julia. "Analog Signal." Web log post. The Post-medium. Columbia Syllabus. Julia Chang, n.d. Web)


Karissa Hahn