James Connolly: RGB.VGA.VOLT

Audio/video installation

‘RGB.VGA.VOLT’ is an audio/video synthesizer that hybridizes analog and digital systems to fully exploit the visual spectrum concealed beneath the consumer interfaces of VGA cathode ray tube computer monitors. By hacking and improperly rewiring cables of these obsolete devices to short their video signals, their black-boxed analog infrastructure is liberated and driven by digitally synthesized high-frequency complex waveforms that fully exploit their latent visual spectrum.

To see at
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

James Connolly is a video, sound and new media artist, instrument builder, curator and educator. His videos and real-time performances undermine the interfaces and break through the computational instincts of digital and analog consumer devices, liberating their latent audio and visual materialities.


His work as been shown at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago; the Dallas Video Festival/Medianale at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary; the Vancouver New Music Festival; Columbia College Chicago; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. His work has been published in the MIT Press Computer Music Journal and the Creator’s Project, and his writing has been published in the Leonardo Music Journal. He teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is the assistant curator of the Roger Brown Study Collection.

Photo above: Copyright Josh Blaylock. Photo below: Copyright Casey Reid

A biennial public art event of light, video and sound.

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