PXL is a work in progress research project that explores the obsolete ‘Pixelvision PXL-2000’ camcorder, originally released in 1987 by Fisher-Price. This video camera is particularly of interest due to it’s unique ability to encode a video signal onto audio cassette tapes, and forms part of our ongoing investigation into obsolete media and technologies.
RoleResearch and Development
ClientSignal to Noise
The conversion between audio and visual signals taking place within this device is central to this enquiry, with sonic inputs used to manipulate the technology, generating fragmented imagery through the 10800 pixels available in the PXL’s video matrix. Here, images become an issue of gesture, with the spectator an editor who explores and composes the artwork through the interface.