I recently returned from a 5-week hiatus in New York City.
I was supposed to be on holiday, but circumstances led me to embark on a number of small projects while in the big apple. Most significant, was my pairing with a 1987 Pxl-2000 video camera. In my frenzied love for the camera, I quickly retrofitted the unit using parts sourced in and around NYC. The result was the Frankenstein monster below…
For those of you unfamiliar to the Pxl-2000 video camera, here’s a short summary….
Manufactured by Fisher Price in 1987, the Pixelvision was a one-off product aimed at taking the toy company in a new direction.
Despite turning out a tiny 120 x 90 black and white image, the most unusual characteristic of the camera is the fact it records to audio cassette tape. That’s right, video to AUDIO CASSETTE!
With one track on the magnetic tape reserved for video, and the other; Mono audio, it manages to produce a beautiful analogue-enriched b&w image with fuzz, distortion, and a hell of a lot of character.
Aside from using the camera to shoot vision for the documentation of an Estonian contemporary arts festival (see post below), I also managed to get three small vignette documentaries in the can. Each 5-minute documentary follows a personal story told by a character I crossed paths with while in New York.
With any luck, I will have the first vignette in the series, ready in a fortnight.
Here are a few pics extracted from the vision: