The Playlist Exhibition, and How Modern Technology Can’t Handle C-64

Playlist is an exhibition centered around chipmusic and had its opening party yesterday. As it moved from Spain to Belgium there were some new artists added, including yours truly. I wrote about the previous exhibition here, before I had even read the Playlist Reader, to be honest. There are some very interesting perspectives there, such as Ed Halter’s piece about digital materialism. It is great to read texts that take these works seriously, and go beyond naive perspectives of nostalgia or über-romantic notions of hacking. I think the Reader gives a refreshing art-oriented description. It doesn’t necessarily fit with the motivations and traditions of the demoscene and chipscene, though – for good and bad.

Many art works are also available online, so have a look. Demosceners might complain about the lack of demos (whatever that is), but there are four demosceners in the exhibition: Chantal Goret, Erik Nilsson, Julien Ducourthial, and me and Frantic. (Probably not the most representative demosceners though I suppose)

As usual, our C64 noise-play HT Gold proves almost impossible to show correctly with modern technologies. The frenetic glitch-shakes require 50 progressive frames per second, which is a piece of cake for oldschool CRT-televisions but a nightmare for modern screens and beamers. It’s a perfect example of planned obsolescence or the systems of secrecy that Kittler talks about. It is really difficult to show HT Gold to people! I’ve tried to transfer the video signal through myriads of protocols to finally end up with an online video that has lost all the things that made the original video special. I’ve tried to emulate it, but it doesn’t do the trick either. Sure, it’s fun to trash things, but it has to be classy trash! If anyone reading has a professional video capturing device, let me know!

Also, showing HT Gold was not made any easier by the Belgian post-man that destroyed the floppy disk I sent to Playlist. Someone should’ve told him that double-glitching is forbidden according to international law.

Photo by Rosa Menkman

7 Responses to “The Playlist Exhibition, and How Modern Technology Can’t Handle C-64”

  1. peter Says:

    Why do you hd video screen a big crt monitor? OR would that be weird?

  2. Jim Leonard Says:

    You don’t need a professional capture device; you just need to capture into the right format. C64 is interlaced PAL, with the added benefit of supporting native S-video out if you make an adapter. Capture interlaced footage, then make an MPEG-2 of it and you’re all set. All 50 images per second retained.

  3. ftc Says:

    Okay.. So I do not count as a scener who participates in the exhibition? Hihe ihe ihe hieh hieh hieh hieh.. :)

  4. mr ikachan Says:

    i heard rumours about this excellent swedish demoparty 4-6 feb 2011 using a $5000 beamer which handles 50hz progressive like peanuts.. save the good stuff for the storm of data!

  5. Towards a Genre Materiality « CHIPFLIP Says:

    […] a PAL C64 running in 50.125 Hz) you are likely to run into problems with modern screens or beamers, as I’ve written about before. More importantly though – you lose the qualities of the screen. Ian Bogost talks about e.g […]

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