EXPERIMENTAL TELEVISION CENTER Video History: Making Connections Conference (October 16-18, 1998) InterviewsConductedbyKathy High - 6 - HIGH: Do you have any questions? WOMAN: No. HIGH: Do you have anything you wanna add? FUNG: (laughs) Not really. HIGH: Not really. (inaudible) That was very good. (tape stops, re-starts) TONY CONRAD: —quite cool, actually. I could never wear that. You know, I would get hell for it. (they laugh) HIGH: Ok, so tell us who you are. Who are you? CONRAD: Tony Conrad. HIGH: Tony Conrad. I’ve heard of you. CONRAD: Mm-hm. That’s because I knew you for quite a long time. (they laugh) HIGH: So what have you done? When did you get into this video stuff?
EXPERIMENTAL TELEVISION CENTER Video History: Making Connections Conference (October 16-18, 1998) InterviewsConductedbyKathy High - 7 - CONRAD: Oh, video. (High: Yeah) Well, I was thinking about that. The first video I made was… It was a spin-off from a film that I made, where I was painting panels to try to make the emulsion myself. I thought: I could make a video like this. And I silkscreened screen shapes onto a black background, out of fluorescent paint, so that they would glow in the dark. Phosphorescent paint. And those were the first videos I made. They weren’t tapes, they were conceptual videos. HIGH: And when was that? CONRAD: That… (laughs) I think I that was in ’75. No, ’73 or ’2. (High: Uh-huh) 1973. HIGH: Did anybody see these? CONRAD: Oh, yeah. HIGH: Yeah? CONRAD: Yeah, sure, sure. HIGH: So where’d you show them?