Transmission Archaeology (de/Rastra: Installation)
Cathode ray tube televisions, video transmission and algorithmic computer composition

Transmission Archaeology (also titled de/Rastra: Installation) is a continued exploration in the new aesthetic possibilities of combining modern and obsolete technology. A custom computer software algorithmically composes rhythmic combinations of clicks, noise, and 60Hz sine tone harmonics, which are then broadcast, along with other synchronized video sources, to multiple cathode ray tube televisions.

 

Transmission Archaeology re-mediates a technology whose history is based in a one dimensional form of communication between broadcast material and receiver. The video transmission technology becomes repurposed, breaking down the device’s ‘consumption only’ nature, accenting the latent materiality of the technology over its general use as a transparent communication medium.