Cantaloup is a videotape
documenting the construction of the Digital Image Articulator
by the Vasulkas, in collaberation with Jeffrey Schier. The
Articulator was begun in 1978 and finished some two years
later. Steina's tape differs from a conventional "making-of"
documentary in that its primary focus is on the Articulator's
results. Steina narrates the basic information of the tool's
function, for example, the 16 and 32 bit information control
system, while imagery explicates the processes of that function.
More complex funtions are also explored in the tape, such
as a process whereby a frame is "grabbed" and stored
in a buffer so that two images can coexist on the screen--one
still and one moving. Another complex function presented at
length in the tape is the Digital Image Articulator's ability
to create a dizzying, digital zoom effect (created by the
tool, rather than the camera), that produces multitudes of
a primary image in geometric proportion to how far the image
is "zoomed" out. For instance, if the image is "closest"
it is alone and fills the frame. If the image is "furthest"
it consists of many multitudes of miniature frames, each a
repetition of the other within the overall frame of the screen.
This tape is not only an important document in its context
as a presentation of electronic, image transformation, but
also as a testament to the Vasulka's commitment to pushing
the boundaries of electronic and video art.