In the Media Room, the gallery presents a single-channel video work titled “black/white TV” by William Morris. The 40-second one-channel video originated in 1988 as an experiment with the Sandin Image Processor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The Sandin Image Processor, invented by electronics engineer and visual artist Dan Sandin, is an analog video processor/image synthesizer comprised of hand-built electronic modules capable of being interconnected to produce various special effects, which alter the incoming video signal. These modules could be configured by the user in a number of different ways to create a wide range of analog video effects. Sandin sought to expand the video artist's palette in such a way as to free its user from the limiting choices of the professional video effects generators of that era.
With Sandin's philosophy as a starting point, black/white TV moves in an opposite theoretical direction. Here its original elements are reassembled in non-linear form. It uses the simplicity of black and white broadcast television imagery combined with digital processing to comment on the increasingly compressed, parsed nature of all information.
William Morris lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri. He received a M.F.A. in Video Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a B.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis.