Cracked Ray Tube
Cracked Ray Tube is a realtime audio/video performance by artists James Connolly and Kyle Evans. The project explores the latent materiality of analog video through custom-built digital instrumentation interfaced with the hacked communication networks of both analog video transmission and VGA video signals. Cracked Ray Tube revives archaic materiality that has acquired a renewed power and potency in the context of flat screens, slick interfaces, and digital immateriality. It investigates the cathode ray tube not as a dead object of the past, but rather as a symbol of the current material culture of obsolescence; a device that is capable of being revived and hybridized with digital tools to generate genuinely new aesthetic experiences that rouse our residual memories of the analog era while undermining our aesthetic fetishization of the new.