Vide-Uhhh! from Jesse England on Vimeo.

Produced using a VHS VCR and a digital camcorder, Vide-Uhhh! is an exploration into the use of VHS as a recording medium with a degraded but desirable image, much like hand-processed Super8 film or PXL2000 video.

As the usage of movie film declines, the "film look" of wiggly, vibrating scratch lines and film grain is replaced with the rolling horizontal bars and multicolored blotches of old video. The current generation of young adults probably grew up with video, removing the nostalgic feeling from watching chemical film.

On another level, Vide-Uhhh! was an experiment to "scratch" video much like one can scratch the emulsion of waste 16mm film. Experiments with magnets on prerecorded tape were conducted, but the magnets could not produce visually compelling interference. The best results came from altering video by physical force as the content was being recorded; in this case it was a live image of the VCR itself, provided by a video camera.

In 2013 I edited the video of this project into a set of animated GIFs for presentation on Tumblr, where it became one of the Top Tech posts for that year.

Previous exhibitions:

Tele Visions, Sydney, Australia

K!Filmfest, Antwerp, Belgium
VIPER Festival, Basel, Switzerland

Dallas Video Festival, Dallas, Texas
Portland Experimental and Documentary Festival, Portland, Oregon