the bettercheaperfaster race for technology, Austrian artist Gebhard Sengmüller
is running in the wrong direction. His VinylVideo Home Kit sells for $2,000
- more than your average DVD player - and delivers a picture far fuzzier
than video. But the hybrid analog/digital box does do something no DVD
can: Hooked up to a turntable and a black-and-white TV, it plays "videorecords."
project (www.vinylvideo.com) was
an exercise in pseudo-dead media: Sengmüller and his collaborators
set out to invent an early video-recording device that had never existed.
(Later, their research uncovered a few real videorecord projects launched
prior to VHS.) Sengmüller has signed a handful of acts to create VinylVideo
"albums" that "make sense wherever you set the needle down, playing it
like a loop," he says. "It wouldn't make sense for something like The
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