The Collapse of PAL
The Collapse of PAL
The Collapse of PAL
The Collapse of PAL

Plot: Collapse of PAL tells the story of the PAL signal and its termination. This death sentence, although executed in silence, was a brutally violent act that left PAL disregarded and obsolete. While it might be argued that the PAL signal is dead, it still exists as a trace left upon the new, ‘better’ digital technologies. PAL can, even though the technology is terminated, be found here as a historical form that newer technologies build upon, in- herit or have appropriated from. Besides this, the Angel also realizes that the new DVB signal that has been chosen over PAL is different, but at the same time also inherently flawed.─██─▀─▌█

This is the rendered version of a live av-performance first done on national Danish television and subsequently performed at oa. Transmediale (Germany) and Nova festival (Brasil).

About Rosa Menkman

A leader in video glitch art, Rosa Menkman mines software glitches in order to incorporate them into her time-based works. “Glitch art practices are invested in processes of non-conforming, ambiguous re-formations,” Menkman has said of the genre. She experiments with video compression, feedback, and glitches, using her research to produce works such as The Collapse of PAL (2011), in which Menkman pays tribute to the end of Phase Alternating Line—an analogue video coding system. Menkman, who considers the net art collective JODI to be a major influence on her work, organizes a glitch art festival named GLI.TC/H.

Dutch, b. 1983, based in Amsterdam, Netherlands