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Lasater, Michael (artist)
Annunciation is a video object operating within the aesthetic of painting. Each panel's background cycles through images sampled from an original digital abstract composition. One sees this composition in fragments across time controlled by an algorithm derived from 12-tone musical composition in which no fragment is repeated until all are shown. The motion background plays against and through the static black/white paired elements in the foreground, making them appear somewhat unstable. In the audio a noise sound floor supports a repeated claves + voice pair mirroring the motion + static structure of the video. The composition chases György Ligeti’s idea of using time to hold on to time, suspending its disappearance, confining it in the always present moment. –Michael Lasater  	
New media art; Video art; Art, Abstract; Collage; Ligeti, György, 1923-2006; Sound art
United States
Michael Lasater Video Art
IU South Bend Archives
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Physical Description
online resource (1 video file (05:00)): sound, color
Annunciation is intended as a wall-mounted three-screen triptych, although it can play with one or two screens.  The fast motion background in each panel references abstract expressionism, the black/white foreground objects reference post-painterly abstraction…color field work. –Michael Lasater
Warner Gallery, Indiana University South Bend, 2016.
Media specifications:
Three channel HD gallery video triptych, stereo, continuous loop. Dimensions: 1920 H x 1080 W each panel. Production media: uncompressed .mov. Exhibition media: Blu-ray HD; H.264 streaming, HD flatscreen. 

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