Synopsis by Brian Whitener
This video is a quick tour through Dan Sandin's Image Processor (IP). Designed and built by Sandin, the IP is an analog computer optimized for processing video and TV signals. Using a live video image of himself at the IP, Sandin demonstrates the range of effects produced by the IP. It's noteworthy as a demonstration of this important advance in video technology, but also in its differences from formalist film being produced around the same time. Video works, like Sandin's, treat such formal and material investigations (investigations along the lines of "What does this do?") as experiments and not as compositions in themselves. It remains to be seen if this is due, perhaps, to the inexpensiveness of the medium (and its ease of reproducibility) or if it was more centrally related to the aesthetics of the practitioners.