Portfolio – By Date
Live audio visual improvisation with on June 2, 2019 at the Ellen Web Studio in Oakland, CA. Jonathan Alford – Keyboards Cecilia Engelhart – Vocals & Percussion Jessica Ivry – Cello Charles Woodman – Images
Live audio visual improvisation with duo B. on September 26, 2018 at Center for New Music in San Francisco, CA.
Live audio visual improvisation with duo B. on December 19, 2018 at Shapeshifters Cinema in Oakland, CA.
This animation is created by Charles Woodman & Kim Anno. Woodman made the images and voice recordings Anno adapted Canto 1 from Dante’s Purgatorio, making the text secular, and she created the soundscape effects. Keisha Kemper and Michael Burham are the actor’s voices.
Pulse Generator Pastry is my first collaboration with my mother, the ceramic artist Betty Woodman. Betty created the shapes which contain the patterns in the video, based on the forms she uses in her work. I used those shapes as stencils into which both the positive and negative spaces were filled with textures, created using Read more about Pulse Generator Pastry – 2016[…]
Live audio visual improvisation on 06/10/2016 at Modern Makers in Cincinnati, OH
Live audio visual improvisation on 07/25/2016 at the Berkeley Arts Festival
In December 2016, Woodman was invited to teach a week long workshop at EnsAD ( Ecole nationale des Ars Decoratifs) in Paris. In the culminating event four different groups of students each performed a live sound and image mix. On the second half of the bill, he collaborated with a colleague from Oakland and three Paris Read more about viDEO sAVant at EnsAD – 2016[…]
Short loop produced at a Signal Culture artists residency in 2014. Made using the newly built, Nam Jun Paik designed, Wobulator. Produced by sending the output of the oscillator to the Paik Abe Wobulator, with the raster on that device collapsed. This image was then filmed off the screen. Wiggle was created in response to Read more about Wiggle – 2015[…]
The original material for this video was produced during a residency at Signal Culture in 2014 using three oscillators. The output of the first two was mixed by keying those images into portions of the output of a third. Subsequently, that footage was slowed down to about 10% of the original speed. During my stay Read more about Wavelength 3.17 – 2015[…]
Documentation of an audio visual improvisation. Performed at Headlands Center for the Arts Spring 2015.
Live audio visual improvisation on 05/3/2015 at SF Cinematheque, Center 4 New Music, San Francisco.
Filmed at the hot springs resort of the same name in Calistoga, CA.
A few views of water and trees from my month long stay in Phonecia, NY. This video utilizes an editing technique (a sort of continuous slow horizontal slide) that I conceptualized for more than a year. After several failed attempts I finally figured out how to make it work.
Shot from the village park along the river during my first residency at Signal Culture (Owego, NY).
Filmed at Headlands National Monument during my 2015 residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts. Late afternoon fog on the lagoon.
Filmed at Headlands National Monument during my 2015 at the Headlands Center for the Arts residency, looking west at dusk.
Live audio visual improvisation with Phi 4 on 06/11/2015 at Spazio Contemporanea, Brescia, Italy.
Live audio visual improvisation on 09/3/2015 at Micro Mini Cinema in Cincinnati.
Filmed on a trip north during my 2015 residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts. Shot near where the Russian River meets the Pacific Ocean.
Live audio visual improvisation on 12/13/2015 at Shapeshifters Cinema in Oakland, CA.
Live cinema audio/visual improvisation Brief excerpts from four 2015 performances San Francisco Cinematheque 4/15 Headlands Center for the Arts 5/15 Spazio Contemporanea, Brescia, Italy 6/15 Micro Mini Cinema, Cincinnati 8/15
Documentation of the installation and of reactions to the work by people in the the hospital waiting room. Interviews by Melissa Godoy. Table of Elements was specifically conceived and designed for use in a health care environment. The ideal situation for this work is in a hospital waiting room, Table of Elements attempts to shift the viewer’s Read more about Table of Elements Installed at University of Cincinnati Medical Center – 2014[…]
A cameraless video, made by mixing analog waveforms, with some additional digital processing.
Performance organized in conjunction with Passages, my one-person show at the Weston Art Gallery in Cincinnati.
A meditation on the pleasures of observation. Image, music and text weave around each other in a multi-layerd dance. The images were built around the pre-existing soundtrack.
One of many attempts on my part to capture the magic motion of Aspen leaves, a fascination deeply embedded in memories of my childhood in Colorado. This footage was shot near Caibou, Colorado. The tape includes three different “episodes” which use a series image treatments and tricks, which further complicate the already complex motion of Read more about Aspen – 2014[…]
Live cinema audio/visual improvisation Brief excerpts from three recent performances Albright-Knox Art Gallery Lateral Thinking at 21C Museum/Hotel Villa Douce, Riems, France
Produced for Yoni Wolf and Why? Animation by Alex Woodman
The Ubudis Quartet combines Mexican guitarist Omar Tamez with Buffalo-based musicians Steve Baczkowski (saxophones, clarinets, and ethnic woodwinds), Jonathan Golove (electric cello), and John Bacon (percussion).
Shot at the Ceran St. Vrain Trailhead and campground, near Jamestown, Colorado. St Vrain’s Woods was inspired by Seurat among others. An exploration of the elasticity of time, it is a moving picture made only of still images and the spaces between them. It is a portrait of a place and a moment.
Documentation of live performance of the music with cinema accompaniment. Performed by Meitar Ensemble as part of MATA Festival at Roulette in Brooklyn. Shot from an audience member’s cell phone.
Live audio visual improvisation on 01/28/2012 at International House Philadelphia.
Edited excerpts of the performance documentation from 2/25/2012. Curator and long time viDEO sAVant supporter Steve Liggeitt, of Living Arts of Tulsa, paired the sAVant crew with a group of choreographer/dancers for this improvisational extravaganza.
Table of Elements was specifically conceived and designed for use in a health care environment. The ideal situation for this work is in a hospital waiting room, Table of Elements attempts to shift the viewer’s experience away from the typical mode of watching a moving image and towards a way of observation more akin to the way in which Read more about Table of Elements 7 min excerpt – 2012[…]
Table of Elements was specifically conceived and designed for use in a health care environment. The ideal situation for this work is in a hospital waiting room, Table of Elements attempts to shift the viewer’s experience away from the typical mode of watching a moving image and towards a way of observation more akin to the way in which Read more about Table of Elements – 2012[…]
Video edited to match the music by guitarist/composer Val Opielski. Intended to act as a demo for a proposed appearance as performing duo.
Shot from the patio of my hotel room at this YMCA Resort, located just down the road from Camp Chief Ouray in Granby, Colorado, where I spent two summers as a boy. The video began as a single continuous take. We are witness to two unfolding narratives, happening at very different scales, both the movements Read more about Snow Mountain Ranch – 2012[…]
I was commissioned by Andy Marko of Semantics Gallery in Cincinnati to create a live show as the concluding event for his annual Autumedia Festival. The space at Semantics was filled with other work in the show, so he approached Third Party, another artist run space down the street, to host the performance. I sent Read more about Lateral Thinking at Autumedia – 2012[…]
An ecstatic chant to the rising of the sun. Sound and image are juxtaposed and find moments of synchronicity, while remaining parallel and separate. Time rushes forward slowly. Narrative is all and nothing. Left over material from Bloom was adjusted to accompany Chris Bailey’s music.
Live audio visual improvisation on 01/21/11 at Taza Café, Cincinnati, OH.
Inspired by Mists, Iannis Xenakis, 1981, Live audio visual improvisation on 03/11/11 at Atlas Intersections Festival, Washington DC.
Contribution to the Exquisite Video Corpse project. The first 8 seconds are the video I was given as a departure point, the remainder is my contribution to the chain. The final 10 seconds were given to the next contributor.
Video installation for wall mounted LCD display.
The image is of the Carew Tower in Cincinnati, and the video was shot on a Mattel Videster toy camera.
Music Luigi Nono …sofferte onde serene… 1976, for piano and tape. Produced for Collide-o-Scope Music on the occasion of our performance at Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC in 2011.
Live Audio Visual Improvisation on 4/24/10 at Gallery CS13 in Cincinnati, OH.
viDEO sAVant w/NWEAMO All Stars, NOTACON, Cleveland OH, Live performance
Commissioned by the Concert Nova chamber music group in Cincinnati. I created this image to accompany a performance of Fratres by Arvo Part. The recoding used on this version is by Kronos Quartet.
Live Audio Visual Improvisation on 11/03/10 at Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, IN.
I was commissioned by Concert Nova to produce this viual accompaniment to the score by George Crumb. Images were shot at the Monterey Aquarium.
The images for Heaven were produced at the Experimental TV Center. Nicholas Economos and I shared part of the residency and he helped me develop this complex patch using both the Jones Frame Buffer and Jones Keyer with a slow oscillator varying the amount of “trails” we see at any one time.
John Cage: Sonata and Interludes, viDEO sAVant w/ Adam Tendler, piano. Living Arts of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK, Live cinema performance.
Created to accompany a composition by Christopher Bailey, HK2. All the images are appropriated from the film Pi by Darren Aronofsky.
My first multi channel work for synchronized video streams. The piece starts in Cape Cod and moves gradually across the North American continent, ending at the Pacific Ocean. There is no attempt to cover all this ground in any complete way – the work is an assembly of the places I traveled to and landscapes Read more about American Diorama Installed at El Camino Medical Center – 2007[…]
These images were created to accompany the music track by Odd Nosdam, with whom I had done a few live shows that year in San Francisco and one a few years earlier at VOLK in Cincinnati. I admire the distorted and gritty feel of the track and developed an image treatment which worked well with Read more about Burner – 2007[…]
Demo of three screen installation. Three part work created for my exhibition at Shirley Jones Gallery in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Features dance treatments from Experimental Television Center, as well as footage from my backyard in Cincinnati. The piece was projected onto the store front windows of the gallery.
Ye Ying Di uses a video camera to track the movement of a dancer on stage. The performer’s speed and position determine which sounds are heard and what image is displayed.
My first multi channel work for synchronized video streams. The piece starts in Cape Cod and moves gradually across the North American continent, ending at the Pacific Ocean. There is no attempt to cover all this of ground in any complete way – the work is an assembly of the places I traveled to and Read more about American Diorama – 5 min sample – 2004[…]
viDEO sAVant w/ Nicholas Economos, InterMedia Series IV, Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati, OH, Performance.
Installed at Ohio River Grasses, Cincinnati, OH, and Autumedia, Cincinnati, OH
Some highlights of various dance footage processed at the Experimental Television Center in the preceding years.
A rough cut of work in progress
Demo of five screen installation. I was fascinated by the photos on gravestones in the Cemetery at San Minato in Florence, Italy. I began to think about the way in which a single image came to represent the entire lived experience of the person. Cinema as a whole also seems to be about representations of Read more about I Morti (Demo) – 2002[…]
This video combines documentation of the work as it was installed at the Weston Art Gallery in Cincinnati along with excerpts of some of the footage which makes up the whole. I was fascinated by the photos on gravestones in the Cemetery at San Minato in Florence, Italy. I began to think about the way Read more about I Morti Installation Documentation (Weston Art Gallery) – 2002[…]
The term “palimpsest” refers to a text which has been written upon two or three times, but whose lines have been imperfectly erased, so that different layers of all the texts are visible and mix together.
Two channels or two versions of a video made with an early non-linear editing system “The Video Cube.” Purchased by Matt Dibble, to which I made a contribution and got some time on the system. The tape attempts to form a series of wipes as if constantly changing channels. All footage is appropriated from cable Read more about Flip It – 1999[…]
Collaboration with Poet/Performer Enrique Aviles. This video has its origins as a part of the “video set” for a performance by Aviles, directed by Davis Chung. In the theatrical piece Aviles played the roles of two immigrants to the US (one Mexican and one Korean) who live on opposite sides of a rooming house in Read more about Quique (Pais, Country) – 1996[…]
A collection of images and sounds from television cop shows is interwoven with texts (selected by Scott Davenport) taken from pulp detective stories, the literary predecessor of the same genre.
This is an early installation video shown at a gallery at Millersville University and projected onto the ceiling. All footage is original.
Excerpts from a concert by SLURrr with viDEO sAVant, January 1994, Arlington Planetarium, Arlington Virginia.
Produced while I was living in Washington DC. This is a meditation on highway architecture and the view from moving cars, subjects that have long been dear to me. Shot on Hi8 with footage processed at ETC and in my studio using the Amiga computer.
The image was filmed off a decorative plate with a live camera which was being processed dimming, and then coming to brightness then back again. It looks like the hue was off too, giving Jesus a green tint. Produced during a residency at the Experimental TV Center.
Made as part of viDEO sAVant’s series of ambient videos for nightclubs, distributed by Telegenics.
Mixed and performed live at the Experimental Television Center in 1992 with a special appearance by Vanna White. Audio by Dub Syndicate “Tunes From the Missing Channel.”
A mostly formal exercise in composition and image processing, using footage of water. Probably the first in a ongoing series of works dealing with landscape, investigating the idea of video as a contemplative viewing experience akin to painting. Filmed in California and Mexico, Developed over the course of two visits to ETC, Final editing at Read more about Drift (Demo) – 1992[…]
Compilation of various short treatments of material featuring dancers and set to music. Primarily choreography by Brooke Kidd, Washington DC, Yee Jen Bao, Norman, OK and Judith Mikita, Cincinnati OH, all processed at the Experimental Television Center.
A meditation/celebration of the Spaghetti Western and the pornography of violence. An homage to Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone. Copies of scenes from the original films, rented on VHS, were edited into a compilation reel. That material was processed at ETC, where Scott Davenport also added the text layer. Several versions of that were edited Read more about Cowboy Romance 92 Remix – 1992[…]
Filmed on VHS, mastered on Betacam SP at Public Production Group, Washington DC. Ceramic artist Betty Woodman demonstrates her technique of ceramic art, discusses her background and talks with critic, curator and painter John Perreault about her work.
5 minute demo of 60 minute piece Produced almost entirely at Experimental Television Center (ETC), the video uses a simple animation of a rotating rectangle (produced in Deluxe Paint on the Amiga Computer) as a stencil into which are keyed various versions of a processed live image of the river outside the window at ETC. Read more about Under the Bridge – 1991[…]
My reaction to the Gulf War and the continuing transformation of war coverage into media spectacle. Edited at PPG and an early exploration of the Ampex ADO-1000 Digital Video Effects unit.
A meditation on pollution. Based on treatments of footage I produced and shot for the Los Alamos National Labs on the subject of Radioactive Waste Water Treatment.
Six screen video installation
My first attempt at a multi-channel video installation. The work was highly influenced by Nam June Paik’s retrospective at the Whitney and by Steina Vasulka’s “The West”. This piece was produced while I was living and working at the Vasulka’s House/Studio in Santa Fe. I had persuaded them to let me house sit while they Read more about Virtual Space (Demo) – 1989[…]
Companion/sequal to Lota’ Burger and produced a few days later, under the same circumstances. This tape uses a similar methodology, this time with a moving camera, shot from a car, and a more complex series of overlapping wipes.
An early experiment with time based correction and the ability to mix two tapes together, as well as one of the few projects in which I worked with an online editor who operated the controls at my direction. This tape features two versions of the same image (shot in Santa Fe) slightly staggered in time Read more about Lota’ Burger – 1988[…]
This first 16mm film made after Grad School and also my last. Coyote Tracks culminates my interest in semiotics and the exploration of cinema as a linguistic system. Each shot represents a single “pictograph” in a sentence describing a narrative journey. Shot in New Mexico and featuring a cast of old friends.
Produced on ¾” tape at Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe; features music by the Memluks, a band from Norman, OK, and appearances by my friend Willy.
Performance by Carl Stewart. Carl wears a suit made of Camel packs, all of which he smoked. Filmed in the garden at his house in Rye, NY, wearing a pumpkin head which he grew. Inspired by Marlon Brando’s portrayal of the death of Vito Corleone. Dearly loved by me, this video exists somewhere outside of Read more about Pumpkin Heart – 1983[…]
A 16mm film produced while I was graduate student. An exploration of connections between film and language.