• 22 February 2003 - 27 April 2003

Invented by Gebhard Sengmüller, featuring Perry Hoberman and Julia Scher.


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VinylVideo™ is a new and fascinating development in the history of audio-visual media. For the first time in the history of technological invention, VinylVideo™ makes possible the storage of video (moving image plus sound) on analogue long-play records. Playback from the VinylVideo™ Picture Disc is made possible with the VinylVideo™ Unit which consists of a normal record turntable, a special conversion box (aka the VinylVideo™ Home Kit) and a television set. The resulting images have low resolution and high contrast and show only as black and white.

The installation invites visitors to take existing records off the shelves and play them on the viewing stations. There is one station on which you only hear music. The other provides both sound and moving images. These records are the works of 25 artists and therefore the content varies widely. They are all approximately 8 minutes long, but the visitor can manipulate the speed on which the records are being played, something which will alter the overall appearance in terms of both sound and image.


Television, the electronic transmission of moving images, has been around since the late 1920s but storage of these images only became possible after the development of the video recorder in 1958. The possibility to record images for private use did not become available until the mass introduction of the VCR in the early 1980s. Prior to that, recording television programmes was not possible at all and the average consumer was confined to use Super-8 film, a technology dating back to 1900, usually without sound. As an invention, VinylVideo™ reconstructs a fictitious home movie technology of the late 40s and early 50s and, as such, bridges a gap in the history of consumer technology.

The current installation at FACT presents two specially commissioned works by Perry Hoberman (US) and Julia Scher (US). Hoberman's commissioned VinylVideo™ is based on the artist's fascination with science and scientific research and features the explorations made by a mad scientist character in his laboratory. The work by Julia Scher is a progression of her investigations into surveillance technologies. Her VinylVideo™ features live footage of colleagues receiving the news of the September 11 terrorist attacks. 

Vinyl Video is an invention by Gebhard Sengmüller in co-operation with Martin Diamant, Günter Erhart and Best Before.