BLACK GATE COLOGNE
The visual information came from an electronic image from a video film abstracted images from American TV, a videotapes and hand painted slide projections. As many as six different kinds of visual information were fed at once into the twelve TV monitors while a multitude of TV images were projected on the walls simultaneously with the slides. The studio TV cameras, with zooms , close-ups, panning moved from audience to monitors to films to slides to me who in the midst of the activity was filming the event. In the control room the simultaneous visual information was constantly mixed juxtaposed creating an intense continous experience of light energy and sound. The final mix, recorded as a videotape, was simultaneously seen on one of the four monitors, creating a total experience. Black Gate Cologne lasted 45 minutes. The tape from the live performance will be broadcast for “Program 3,” the cultural program in Germany. – Notes from notebook by Aldo Tambellini, 1968
Black Gate Cologne Broadcast Performance, Cologne, Germany,
THE MEDIUM IS THE MEDIUM – WGBH TV, Boston, March 23, 1969.
“Aldo Tambellini, blue jeaned and bandanna ascotted is sitting in the editing room at MIT talking erratically, in ltalian-inflected English. about his video piece on the screen entitled, Black. It is a staccato barrage of black-and white slides, random news footage, chanting, drum beating, and black children dancing. 'I did this at WGBH in 1969,' he says. 'I used about 1000 slides, seven 16-millimeter film projections, 30 black children, and three live TV cameras that taped it all.' Tambellini sits back. ‘I like the energy'.” Lifestyle, Boston Phoenix Magazine, August 18, 1981
The Medium is the Medium, Broadcast Performance, Boston, MA,
Aldo Tambellini in control room at WGBH