2009: The Hatfields Geistulator/RIP NTSC

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In January 2009, Greylock Arts met Ephraim and Sadie Hatfield and began producing their work.

Early works exhibited in the windows of the gallery included RIP NTSC (2009) and Geistulator (2009).

On February 17, 2009 analog television broadcast in North America, otherwise known as NTSC, ceased. The significance of this event was commemorated by the multimedia art duo Sadie and Ephraim Hatfield in an installation utilizing video collage. A live digital broadcast is mixed randomly with hundreds of clips from past analog broadcasts as well as clips of the artists’ creation and presented on a Sony Trinitron, the very symbol of the analog television era.

From Videodrome’s programing that permanently altered your mind to The Ring’s foretelling of your death within a week, Hollywood has always had an obsession with the television as a portal to evil. In Geistulator, Ephraim & Sadie Hatfield repeatedly processed the film Poltergeist in its entirety through a series of analog video synthesizers, switchers, and keyers. In the version exhibited at Greylock Arts, the film’s intense soundtrack acted as a specter upon the visual content with audio modulation triggering video wobulation.

From 2010-2012, Greylock Arts produced other works by the Hatfields including the 2010 Not for Sale, the 2011 Everything Must Go, the 2012 We Ping Good Things to Life, and the 2012 “Gigibòsgoshgoshmuxqüdòh”.