Woody Vasulka was born in Brno, now in the Czech Republic and trained as an engineer before studying television and film production at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. While pursuing his studies in the fifties, Woody Vasulka wrote poetry and produced short films. Woody met Steina in Prague in the early 1960s, where Woody introduced video to Steina.
Steina and Woody Vasulka founded The Kitchen in 1971, which was originally housed in the Mercer Arts Center in Soho. The Vasulkas were known for their early experiments in analog and digital processes, coupled with electronic sound. In their opening manifesto for The Kitchen they wrote, “This place was selected by Media God to perform an experiment on you, to challenge your brain and its perception,” firmly establishing The Kitchen as an open space for challenging new work by artists in all disciplines.