VIDEO VOYAGES are open-ended experiments with video feedback.This playlist contains recordings of my configurations of cables, cameras, mixers and titlers.
The term 'video voyages' is a reference to cognitive scientist Douglas Hofstadter’s (I Am A Strange Loop, 2007) own improvisatory explorations with video feedback. These practical-yet-playful studies proved to be a rich model for developing his own ideas about self-reference in language, and the emergence of consciousness in humans. My own hands-on tests had more modest ambitions; to provide me with a technical understanding of the phenomenon of feedback, and inspire my thinking around the possibilities of incorporating it into new artworks. For each Video Voyage, I created a new technical arrangement (recorded as a schematic diagram), and noted my initial impressions in a journal, as well as capturing a sample of the resulting images. I returned to this method repeatedly throughout the research project.