Celestial Harmonies, analog visual hybrids


Alberto Novello has modified a Vectrex, a 1980s game console. In its current half analogue/half digital form (what he calls ”Celestial Harmonies”), it allows a user to draw with sound. With synaesthetic aspirations, the analogue monitor is artificially ’excited’ by signals produced with a modular synthesizer. The Vectrex device was famous as the first videogame console to come with a fully functional monitor, and it displays the drawn forms in real time. This media archeological gesture appropriates a previous system for different functional and aesthetic purposes. Presented at the SHARE festival, the work claims technological appropriation and repurposing as an art practice.


Jestern – Celestial Harmonies