|MIT Fellow at CAVS|
From 1976-84, Aldo was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There, he conducted courses and workshops and participated in events in the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia. His Media and Communication work was exhibited at the Bienale ‘83, Sao Paolo, Brazil and at the Sogetzu, Japan.
Aldo found himself in a fertile environment where his interactive ideas could be actualized. In 1980, he founded Communicationsphere – a network to develop channels among artists, technician, engineers and performers and all concerned with the impact of tele-communications on contemporary society.
“He now sees these global events as his canvas … 'Today, given the level of technology, artists shouldn’t be making tapes and showing them to 20 people in a gallery,’ he says. ‘Instead, they should be thinking of satellites, two-way cable, and large networks — art versions of Monday NFL Football or Ted Turner’s all-news network. That’s what we should be looking forward to.' …'The important thing about this experiment,' according to Tambellini, 'was that it wasn’t orchestrated or timed like broadcast television. Television is high pitched because it has to sell things, The continuity and all that hammering away will make us buy the product. In the machine age, machinery was made to replace the strength of people; now, in an era of mass communication, television is replacing not the muscle but the parts of people that make them think: This is serious'.” – D.C. Dennison, Phoenix Newspaper, August 18, 1981
"Technology and culture are interrelated from an industrial-electronic society we are moving to a communications-information society – telecommunications brings the world screen to screen and we become one with the new perception of the world –the electromagnetic spectrum is to be considered a natural resource for creative activity. Transmitted information is the new form of art – this is the age of mass media & technology – this is the age of satellite and instant global communications this is the age of networks – the age of interactive media. The human system is in the process of globalizing itself. We live in a reality defined by the structural invention of the mass media-printed & electronic images are the building blocks of our cultural evolution. New imaging systems are being invented – new storage capabilities are being invented – reality is being constantly reinvented. The age of Communicationsphere brings art into a new parameter – the age of Communicationsphere dissolves the line between life and art potentially the globe & solar system become a huge artifact & one big thought Communicationsphere created a new electronic organism-- Communicationsphere is the new environment -- its invisible processes take place through waves in the sky satellites – cable—antenna & cables form a reality -- Affecting all social & human interaction as we have previously known it to be -- the telecommunications media experience replaces & mediates the natural experience." Aldo Tambellini, statement, 1980 CAVS, MIT published in “Centervideo,” February 1981
The Communicationsphere group with Aldo Tambellini as coordinator, in cooperation with the Center for Advanced Visual Studies and Educational Video Resources, M.I.T undertook the following projects:
PICTUREPHONE EVENT – Illinois Bell Picturephone System, June
“Picturephone meetings evolved from years of experience with regular
Aldo Tambellini gave a two week workshop prior to the Picturephone Event where he became the catalyst for new ideas and activities to be undertaken in the hour long event. The two groups of eight students each, in two separate spaces where going to interact in real time. Neither space knew what the other was going to do. All the media used was instant. The room was equipped with cameras that were voice activated which focused on the speaker and images of the participant speaking were transmitted from one site to the other. Anything on the screen could be instantly printed out and participants could print an image write on it, distort it and rebroadcast it. There was constant improvisation on the material being exchanged. Polaroid images of the screen were taken and words added to the pictures and then transmitted to the other space. There was constant reprocessing of images and verbal communication. The images were generated so fast that often the picture captured had distortions in it.
During the span of the hour event, Sara Dickinson started from one space and moved to the other. As she walked from one space to the other she would stop on the street and perform a mime. These mini performances were taped by one of the participants. The tape was then transmitted across the spaces via the existing camera in the picturephone site in real time. Participants printed frames as the tape was being broadcast.
Aldo Tambellini, Center for Advanced Visual Studies, MIT
PACIFIC RIM: SLOW SCAN – Vancouver Art Gallery- May, 1979
Aldo Tambellini and Antonio Muntadas, Center for Advanced
TWO-WAY LIVE – Boston Film Video Foundation
May 19, 1979
TV TO TV – December 14, 1979
SSTV — CABLE AND THE ARTS EVENT – August 17, 1980
TRANSLOCATION – ORNAMENT DER MASSE – October 19, 1980
ARTISTS' USE OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS – February 16, 1980 [insert
The Communicationsphere group in cooperation with the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Educational Video Resources and the Architecture Machine Group, M.I.T.
THREE ARTISTS ON LINE IN THREE COUNTRIES – June
The Communicationsphere group in cooperation with the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Educational Video Resources and the Architecture Machine Group, MIT,
INTERFACE EVENT [ insert video clip] – February 1981
“The editing process of our culture takes place continuously every night in front of the TV screen---and bits of information we call news…images and words we call information. In the regeneration of old icons, the making of new ones---in a digested format, the world is defined.—we connect for a moment over the air in isolated spheres we called homes. Years from now we will remember that art was swallowed by media—that media was the language of communication---that interactive media brings the process to a live response.”