RGB.VGA.VOLT: James Connolly… May 2, 2015
James Connolly is a video, sound and new media artist, instrument builder, curator and educator. His videos and real time performances undermine the computational instincts of digital and analog consumer devices, liberating their latent audio/visual materialities. He teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is the assistant curator of the Roger Brown Study Collection. RGB.VGA.VOLT is an audio/video synthesizer that enables realtime exploration of the rich materiality concealed beneath the consumer interfaces of Cathode Ray Tube monitors.
James Connolly hacks and rewires obsolete devices, shorting their video signals. Through this process the black boxed analog infrastructure is liberated. Digitally synthesized waveforms, audio playback, and feedback looping techniques are exploited for their latent visual spectrum. This work is inspired by early video tools such as the Sandin Image Processor (#2) and the Paik Abe Synthesizer , as well as, contemporary programming and errorbased approaches to creating sound and moving images. RGB.VGA.VOLT revives an analog aesthetic that is acquiring a renewed power and potency in our present era of digital immateriality.
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James Connolly’s work has been shown at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago; the Dallas Video Festival/Medianale at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary; the Vancouver New Music Festival; Columbia College Chicago; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. His work has been published in the MIT Press Computer Music Journal and the Creator’s Project, and his writing has been published in the Leonardo Music Journal. He teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is the assistant curator of the Roger Brown Study Collection.