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" The images represented by
these picture, or rather, the distortions of them, have not been devised by a
Picasso. Nor, for that matter, by any human imagination. The pictures are the
creations of a television projector or telecine.
The initiators, Ture Sjolander and Lars Weck
have exposed television films to a telecine operated by technicians. By using
the telecine, the film-images were electronically distorted. These distorted
images were then conveyed to another film which has been edited to provide the
film we are about to see.
distorted image is not in itself a new idea. In fact, it is a fundamental part
of television technique. But Sjolander and Weck captured such images from the cinematic process and
then carried the process one step further. By transposing selected single frames
of film onto different materials they produced an artform which can be exhibited
in galleries. In this way they have demonstrated that pictures taken from the
television screen can be translated from one medium to another (newspaper, books
We communicate with one
another via a stream of images which are constantly being translated and
reformulated. One of the chief ideas in the thought of Marshall McLuhan, the American media-philosopher, is that
each medium constitutes a new form of translation of our experience. For that
reason it has its particular effect upon us.
The film which Sjolander and Weck have prepared
is a television experiment. They have investigated the electronic translation
process of the telecine."
Stockholm - Jan.