Photos from VISUAL ALCHEMY Studio & works by Al Razutis   Vancouver 1972 - 1987

Spanning decades in the many versions of art in media culture

VISUAL ALCHEMY IN THE 70'S - PHOTOS

'Archaeological digs in the personal image archives'

Visual Alchemy - Al Razutis studio through fresnel lens window 1973

ARTISTS IN THE 70'S DISCLAIMER: " If you're looking for corporate office digs, leased furniture and graphic repros on the walls, you've come to the wrong place. No corporate profiles or head shots here; no group pictures, and certainly a lot of weird hand-built machines for imaging the imagination. No million-dollar art co-op digs here, not like Western Front, Video In, Videographe, etc. all funded by state cultural largesse. This was an independent studio in Vancouver B.C. for works by Al Razutis - depicted here from the early 70's. Interaction with other artists and their projects was a natural activity. Here, the first holograms, optical printer, video synthesizer, and other technologies, media courses, film image-exchange library were built and offered in Vancouver. These technologies built by Razutis (and acknowledged others) joined a personal curriculum or Tesla-alchemical-beyondmerephysical interests best described as 'Visual Alchemy' (history link), 1972-1978, and incorporated.

In more academic environments SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY 1978-1987 Razutis utilized all University resources available to him as Professor in Faculty, and 'Visual Alchemy' took on expressedly political interests in his film arts and expressions, as per examples below." (XAR)

DIRECT LINKS TO OTHER DECADES - PHOTOS

1980'S HOLOGRAMS & EXHIBITIONS           1990's HOLOGRAMS & EXHIBITION           2000's HOLOGRAMS

SELECTED HOLOGRAPHIC ART - ON SALE NOW


RELATED SUBJECTS:

BIO BACKGROUND INFO

Razutis Media CV - Awards - Exhibitions - Collections

Visual Alchemy  History of Studio


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Related topics:

Illustrated Film - Video Archives           'Holographic History at Visual Alchemy'           'Holographic Intentions' (and Plato's Cave')


1970's VANCOUVER - VISUAL ALCHEMY EARLY DAYS

'FILM - VIDEO - HOLOGRAPHY'

click enlarge Visual Alchemy circa 1974 exterior view Granville Island Vancouver  - under Granville St. Bridge showing main entrances     click enlarge Visual Alchemy circa 1974 interior view  showing  entrance room     click enlarge Visual Alchemy circa 1974 interior view  showing office entrance   click enlarge Visual Alchemy circa 1976 interior view  showing office entrance     click enlarge Visual Alchemy circa 1974 interior view  showing entrance room - projection room     click enlarge - Al Razutis in Visual Alchemy studio 1976 Vancouver     click/enlarge early holographic table Visual alchemy studio 1973Vancouver     click enlarge Visual Alchemy circa 1976 hologram developing room  - projection room     click enlarge to different view - Visual Alchemy Studio - hologram processing 1976     click / enlarge first hologram by Al Razutis 4x5 inch  laser transmission  with projected image 1972     click /enlarge - 1973 hologram by Al Razutis at Visual Alchemy     click enlarge Visual Alchemy circa 1974 interior view  showing entrance room - projection room     click enlarge Visual Alchemy circa 1974 interior view  showing video quantizer racks with monitors 1975     click enlarge Visual Alchemy  parabolic screens for holograms     click enlarge Visual Alchemy circa 1974 interior view  showing  silvered projection screen for 3D     click to enlarge 16mm FILM OPTICAL PRINTER - constructed by Razutis - 1972-1974     Click enlarge ANALOG VIDEO SYNTHESIZER - 'FELIX' Razutis/Armstrong - 1974-     click enlarge Al Razutis at Visual Alchemy 1974 - anaglyph 3D     click enlarge Al Razutis at Visual Alchemy 1976

16mm FILM OPTICAL PRINTER:

Custom constructed in stages by Al Razutis 1970 - 1974, this film printer was unique (one of a kind) in Vancouver early 70's.
Between 1970 - 77 the optical printer was used in films by Razutis (and K. Tougas, D. Rimmer, and others),
including 'Visual Essays' and 'Amerika' by Al Razutis

click to enlarge 16mm FILM OPTICAL PRINTER - constructed by Razutis - 1972-1974       click to enlarge 16mm FILM OPTICAL PRINTER - constructed by Razutis - 1972-1974       click to enlarge 16mm FILM ANIMATION STAND - OPTICAL PRINTER - constructed by Razutis - 1970

> Film Optical Printer with Details Map <

Films created with the Razutis Film Optical Printer

The Cities of Eden (Amerika) film by Al Razutis<       Vortex (Amerika) film by Al Razutis<       Vortex (Amerika) film by Al Razutis        98.3 KHz: (Bridge at Electrical Storm (Amerika) film by Al Razutis<        98.3 KHz: (Bridge at Electrical Storm (Amerika) film by Al Razutis        98.3 KHz: (Bridge at Electrical Storm (Amerika) film by Al Razutis       Melies Catalogue (Visual Essays)  - film frame - film by Al Razuts 1974       Melies Catalogue (Visual Essays)  - film frame - film by Al Razuts 1974       Sequels in Transfigured Time - film frame - film by Al Razuts 1974       Sequels in Transfigured Time - film frame - film by Al Razuts 1974       Sequels in Transfigured Time - film frame - film by Al Razuts 1974'

'FELIX' ANALOG VIDEO SYNTHESIZER - 1973-76:

Custom constructed in stages by Al Razutis & Jim Armstrong - 1974-76. Videosynthesizer was unique (one of a kind)in Canada mid 70's. See 'History of Felix' page for detailed information on this creation.

>click enlarge Visual Alchemy circa 1974 interior view  showing video quantizer racks with monitors 1975       Click enlarge  VISUAL ALCHEMY STUDIO 1974 - Moog   audio synthesizer       Click enlarge ANALOG VIDEO SYNTHESIZER - 'FELIX' Razutis/Armstrong - 1974-       Click enlarge frame from Waveform 1974 video by Al Razutis       Click enlarge VISUAL ALCHEMY STUDIO 1974 - video editing facilities<       Click enlarge frame of FELIX video synthesizer 1976

See creations that used this synthesizer: 'Videographics' (Film-Video 'HYBRIDS' created using optical printer / synthesizer)

Videosynthesizer 'Felix' with Details Map

Video art created with the Razutis FELIX Video synthesizer:

VIDEOGRAPHICS: SELECTED WORKS 1972 - 1974 by Al Razutis

ANTHOLOGY 1974 a videotape by Al Razutis

WAVEFORM 1974 - 1976 by Al Razutis

'SYNAPSE' -- BIO-FEEDBACK VIDEO PERFORMANCE - 1976:

click for collage of SYNAPSE - BIO-FEEDBACK VIDEO PERFORMANCE - 1976 by Al Razutis

Bio-feedback video performance with FELIX synthesizer and EEG - ECG bio-monitors broadcast live on Channel 10 TV in 1976 by Al Razutis
-- other bio-feedback workds include Waveform 1974 video, and Canadian Sunset 1977 plant-interactive video.

Also see description page of live TV video performance created using 'Felix' video-synthesizer: 'Synapse'


EARLY HOLOGRAPHY - VISUAL ALCHEMY - 1972-5:

"VISUAL ALCHEMY INC.' was the first holographic arts laboratory in Canada - 1972-1977 - created by Al Razutis. Between 1972 - 77 the lab was used in the creation of a travelling holographic art exhibit "Visual Alchemy".
See 'Detailed History of Holographic Art at Visual Alchemy' for history texts.

click for photo galleries on early holography at VISUAL ALCHEMY - Al Razutis

Click on collage graphic or VISUAL ALCHEMY HOLOGRAPHY for photo galleries of 1970's works/exhibitions.
'VISUAL ALCHEMY' - Solo traveling exhibition 1977-1978 - Holographic art by Al Razutis:

CLICK FOR ENLARGEMENT- Exhibition Catalog cover Visual Alchemy  by Al Razutis at Burnaby Art Gallery - click for enlarged cover view with inside text

VISUAL ALCHEMY - solo exhibition of holograms by Al Razutis
- catalog cover innaugural Burnaby B.C. show 1977
Click for enlarged cover view with inside text by Razutis.

CLICK FOR ENLARGEMENT - Invitation to Visual Alchemy  by Al Razutis at Pacific Science Center Seattle 1978 - click for enlargement

VISUAL ALCHEMY - final exhibition of holograms by Al Razutis
- invitation to Pacific Science Center Seattle, Washington show 1978
Click for enlarged view in separate window.

'VISUAL ALCHEMY' - Complete list of exhibited holograms - Holographic art by Al Razutis:

Al Razutis - Visual Alchemy 1970's holographic art and Visual  Alchemy  exhibition images

VISUAL ALCHEMY - EXHIBITION LIST of holograms   (Inaugural show catalog)

VISUAL ALCHEMY - EXHIBITION PRESS RELEASE (March 9, 1977)

"Since 1972 Al Razutis has been working independently on a program dealing with the creation of three dimensional imagery via laser holographic techniques. An operational holographic laboratory was built by Razutis in which he has carried out holographic works with the intention of developing the media into an art form. Art and technology are explored as alchemical processes. The exhibition concerns itself with holography as sculpture and art rather than topical perceptual gimics or media novelties."

Writings by Al Razutis\ (Samoa, 1977)

'THE END OF DAYS' (studio demolition 1978)

click to enlarge - Visual Alchemy 1978 site after demolition
2nd Ave view after demolition of buidings of Visual Alchemy Vancouver 1978
Granville St. bridge and False Creek in background.

'PEOPLE'S WALL & AMERIKA' POLITICS AND STREET ART 1978 - 1987 Vancouver:

Al Razutis in East Vancouver  'people's wall' 1983 - click for enlargement with newspaper article Vancouver Sun       Film frame from 'AMERIKA' by Al Razutis with filml logo 1983       Film frame from 'AMERIKA' by Al Razutis - Poster of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher burning on wall

POLITICS - STREET - FILM ART - East Vancouver 'People's Wall' - Razutis 1983 - Newspaper Story - Vancouver Sun - 'AMERIKA' film frames

'AMERIKA' - 1972 - 1983 (3 hrs. film)<

click for 'AMERIKA' 3-screen photos - film by Al Razutis

'AMERIKA' - 1972-1983 - Independently funded - no grants - avant-garde film by Al Razutis

FILM CATALOG DESCRIPTION - photos & video clips

THE WILDWEST SHOW - A MESSAGE FROM OUR SPONSOR - 'AMERIKA':

click for page on 'Wildwest Show by Al  Razutis     nbsp; click for page on 'Wildwest Show by Al  Razutis     nbsp; click for page on A Message from Our Sponsor  by Al  Razutis

'THE WILDWEST SHOW' & 'A MESSAGE FROM OUR SPONSOR' - 'AMERIKA' (1972-1983)
Some of the films that brought down the >Ontario Board of Censors


JOURNAL OF HOLOGRAPHY ART AND BUSINESS NEWS (1985-86, 1992):

Selected Articles from WAVEFRONT  holography magazine - issue by issue

> SELECTED ARTICLES from WAVEFRONT <

'OPSIS'

JOURNAL OF AVANT-GARDE AND POLITICAL CINEMA (1984-85):

click to enlarge COVER FOR 'OPSIS' VOLUME ONE NUMBER 1 - 1983       click to enlarge CONTENT PAGE FOR 'OPSIS' VOLUME ONE NUMBER 1 - 1983       click enlarge OPSIS VOL. 1 NO.2-3 COVER       click enlarge OPSIS VOL. 1 NO.2-3 CONTENTS PAGE

COVER and CONTENTS pages for 'OPSIS' Vol 1. No. 1 - 1983, Vol. 1. No.2/3 - 1984-5 - The Canadian Journal of Avant-Garde and Political Cinema

SELECTED ARTICLES from OPSIS re-published on the web

Related topics:

Illustrated Film - Video Archives           'Holographic History at Visual Alchemy'           'Holographic Intentions' (and Plato's Cave')


DIRECT LINKS TO OTHER DECADES - PHOTOS

STUDIO 1970's HOLOGRAMS           1980'S HOLOGRAMS & EXHIBITIONS           1990's HOLOGRAMS & EXHIBITION

SELECTED HOLOGRAPHIC ART - ON SALE NOW

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