Steina Vasulka, ‘Orka’, 1997, BERG Contemporary

In ORKA, a three-channel video environment, the three disk players provide one video and two audio sources to three projectors and six speakers. A video synchronizer aligns the three channels for synchronous playback. At the end of each fifteen-minute cycle, the program automatically returns and re-synchronizes for a repeat performance.
The images in Orka — which means “life force” — were shot by Steina in the wilds of her native Iceland in 1996. A “tracer” device performs recording of the traces of the micro-movements of nature over time, such as the paths of birds and waves.

About Steina Vasulka

Icelandic, b. 1940, Reykjavík, Iceland, based in Santa Fe, NM, United States

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