IN FRONT OF NATIONAL THEATRE, BRNO
|BENT SCAN BY STEINA VASULKA & ROB SHAW
The Vasulkas have always been fascinated by the creation of new technical tools, and their work reflects a kind of playful discovery of a medium that continually reveals itself anew through new technologies of control and manipulation, whether analogue or digital. They have fostered and encouraged countless technicians, tinkerers, programmers and artists in a collective creative dialogue, always furthering a collective knowledge as a context for their own work. At the same time, they have experimented with a variety of support and educational structures, from the founding of The Kitchen in New York - one of the first informal presentation spaces - to their years as teachers at the Center for Media Study in Buffalo, to their retreat in an adobe studio/house in Santa Fe, New Mexico where they recently started a research and educational institute called . With the work of artistic couples it is always difficult to assign separate roles. Theirs is a collaboration which seems to compliment their individual characters and backgrounds: Woody, a Moravian born film school-graduate, has the curiosity and patience of an engineer and scientist; Steina, a classically trained violinist born in Iceland, carries an intuitive sense of musical and natural structure.