Ropes and Video Projections Recreate an Analog TV

Kimchi and Chips celebrate the beauty of NTSC signals with their hypnotic installation '483 'Lines.'
October 14, 2016, 1:20pm

Image via Kimchi and Chips

Two long, opposing stretches of kevlar rope are used as a projection surface in Kimchi and Chips' second iteration of their 483 Lines installation. Following on from their 2014 project, the piece celebrates the NTSC TV format, but brings it back into the world as physical lines and magnifies the analog TV to 52' wide and 8' tall.

Before digital TV, NTSC constructed images using 483 scan lines, which have now been replaced by pixels. Kimchi and Chips' installation pays homage to this with the rope, which is tensioned to 5000kg, but does so using the very thing that replaced it—pixels. Situated in a gallery space, digital projections bring the ropes to life with stunning, fizzing geometric patterns.


"The audience is presented with highly parallel lines which contrast the darker space," explain the artists. "Video projection is used to address each line with digital pixels, activating visual matter within the volume of string. The signal artefacts become a stream of visual mass within a panorama of moire."

The video has recently been released online but the pieces was commissioned last year for the ACT Festival in Gwangju, South Korea and curated by HOLO. See it in action below:

Image via Kimchi and Chips

Image via Kimchi and Chips

Image via Kimchi and Chips

You can check out more of Kimchi and Chips work at their website here.


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