"Abe Video Synthesizer"
ABE Shuya dot

photo : KIOKU Keizo

Various color patterns appear on a tube TV screen. Much more vivid than those of conventional TV images, the colors here don't meet the standard of video footage for broadcasts etc. These images made using a video synthesizer that modulates video signals explore new possibilities in abstract artistic expression based on electronic media and technology, and at once demonstrate that images reproduced through electrical video signals are electronically processable matter.

Artist Nam June PAIK is primarily known as a pioneer in the field of video art utilizing electronic images as a new means of artistic expression. After initially meeting in Japan, PAIK and engineer ABE began to collaborate on the "Paik-Abe Video Synthesizer," after which PAIK produced a number of video art works based on images created with this device.

While such collaboration realizing an artist's ideas with an engineer's technical support, including the development of technology for each artwork, is not a rare case in the realm of media art, this particular collaboration may be regarded as a historical, trailblazing effort in this respect.

On display at this exhibition is ABE's replica of the 1972 version of the "Paik-Abe Video Synthesizer."

Cooperation: TAKI Kentaro

ABE Shuya Profile
Born 1932. Worked in the engineering departments of Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) and IMAGICA Corp. Involved in the creation of Nam June PAIK's "Robot K-456" in 1964, and technically supporting the production of the "Paik-Abe Video Synthesizer" in 1969, ABE has been playing a significant role in the life and work of Nam June PAIK even beyond the artist's death. This contribution earned ABE a Special Achievement Award at the Japan Media Arts Festival in 2013.
Past Exhibition / Event

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Special Talk
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Guest: ABE Shuya
Date: Friday, August 8, 2014, 7:00pm– [Finished]
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