Bush Video was a group of people involved in photography, film, electronics and video who were to set up Australias first community video access centre and cable TV system at the Aquarius Festival at Nimbin,
Whilst at IRAT, the London Arts Laboratory, as a part of TVX, I received an iinvitation to participate from one of the organisers, Johnny Allen, and found myself back in Sydney involved in organising the technical side.
We purchased a number of 1/2" camcorders, a colour vision switcher and a colour editng deck. "Fat Jack" Jacobsen, Jack Meyer and others converted black and white TVs into monitors and built video distribution amplifiers. Studio tripods and an Aerial Image telecine were added as was one lkilometer of UHF cable.
The Nimbin Community Centre feilded portapaks to record festival events and a cable plow buried video cable from the field to the village. Monitors were placed in shop fronts and nails driven into power poles and cable strung to wire the displays to the media center. Old movies and new tapes ran all day and night. This was Australias first Cable Television and Commun ity Access Centre.
The Bush Video group was made up of Mick Glasheen, Joseph Elkhoury, Johnny Lewis, Melinda Brown, Phillipa Cullen and myself. Others such as Stephen Jones, Brian Williams and Tom Zibruki dropped by. We had screenings off Broadway and at the Filmakers Co-operative.
After the festival I got the job relieving the Technical Officer at The Australian Film and Television School. As part of the video facilities there was a Cox Box. The 6pm to 8am shift sometimes saw Bush Video moonlighting there, colourising black and white tapes of video feedback. Mark Evans AKA Ariel was using logic chips to modify video siginals. This tape involved both processes and travelled to Canberra as part of an Exhibition at the Australian National Gallery.
II had some involvement in the making of these tapes though I am not sure what. Such is the life and work of the collective.
Video courtesy of Stephen Jones
"The studio process often involved nights
of live mixdowns with as many videotapes and
electronic-image-generation devices as possible, brought into play over
a period of recording. These sessions could get pretty wild and lots of
interesting images were produced, though few coherent finished works
were made. One of the more finished works, MetaVideo Programming,
was commissioned by the National Gallery of Australia for its
collection of experimental art. This and several other pieces were
shown by Bush Video at the Computers and Electronics in the Arts
exhibition in Canberra.
Like all other participants in the exhibition, Bush Video were invited to contribute by Doug Richardson. They had a van for their equipment and a Geodesic Dome Glasheen built, which they lived in while travelling. The Dome was set up by the lake in Commonwealth Park as accommodation for the core members who went to Canberra for Australia 75."