In today’s society, the growth
of electronic technology and interactive electronic transmissions
not only changes the ways we communicate with each other
but also changes the ways artists produce their art work.
Scott F. Hall is one of the electronic artists who uses
different types of electronic media to produce contemporary
art work. BluSoPea (2002),
ChicAlie (2002), and Cowdiss (2001) are three pieces that he has created by using
both analog and digital electronic media. When I first
saw these images, I thought they were digital prints.
In fact, they are all analog video feedback images that
Hall created from an analog video camera. Since these
prints are called “digitally manipulated analog
video feedback images”, the artist wants us to
realize that both digital and analog electronic media
are used in these images. But why does Hall like to
use analog electronic media to produce art? What are
differences between digital and analog electronic media?
Why does Hall choose to intermingle both types of media
to produce his images? I believe that Hall would like
to use his images, BluSoPea
(2002), ChicAlie (2002), and Cowdiss (2001), to reveal some message and implication
to his audience. One of these messages he tries to
convey through his works is that electronic media should
be restricted to conventional forms: electronic tools
must be used in innovative ways to generate entirely
new art forms.
The major process used in his works, BluSoPea
(2002), ChicAlie (2002), and Cowdiss (2001), draws out from the “introspective” and “infinite
electronic void” images deriving from the visual
feedback produced by an analog video camera and video
monitor loop. In this process, “the output of a
video camera is continually fed back into itself.” According
to Hall, this process is similar to “the feedback
loop of the electric guitar player”. The results
produced are both “generative” and “regenerative”*.
Hall has stated that the main reason why he gained a
fascination with all things electronic is due to the
influence of his father. Hall’s father was a high
ranking officer in the US Air Force working in international
ground, air and space-based surveillance from the 1950s
through 80s. In later years, his father worked for NASA.
As he grew up, Hall’s father told him many interesting
stories about cutting edge electronic technology. This
early experience helped Hall develop a very rich background
of his own in electronics and is likely the root cause
why Hall makes his art with electronic tools today.
Being an electronic intermedia artist, Hall has used
different kinds of electronic tools to create art. In BluSoPea
(2002), ChicAlie (2002), and Cowdiss (2001), Hall
has combined both digital and analog electronic media.
He chooses to work with analog video feedback in these
projects because he finds “it’s inherent
aliveness, noise, distortion, and accidentally” can
result in a wide variety of “spontaneous” and “somewhat
accidental” imagery*. According to the interview
with Hall, I believe he likes to work with analog electronic
media more than digital electronic media because he believes
that analog electronic media is something that is “alive” while
the digital media is somehow “restricted” and “premeditated”*.