VSSTV - Very Slow Scan Television

by Gebhard Sengmüller, in collaboration with Jakob Edlbacher, Johannes Obermayr and Ludwig Ertl.

Very Slow Scan Television (VSSTV) is a new television format that we have developed building upon Slow Scan Television (SSTV), an image transmission system used by Ham Radio amateurs. VSSTV uses broadcasts from this historic public domain television system and regular bubble wrap to construct an analogous system: Just as a Cathode Ray Tube mixes the three primary colors to create various hues, VSSTV utilizes a plotter-like machine to fill the individual bubbles with one of the three primary CRT colors, turning them into pixels on the VSSTV “screen”. Large television images with a frame rate of one per day are the result, images that take the idea of slow scan to the extreme.

[VSSTV installation at transitio_mx, Mexico City (images)]
[VSSTV installation at Electrohype, Malmoe (images)]
[pictures from the VSSTV promotional brochure (images)]
[SSTV sample pictures (images)]

[promotional video]

[promotional brochure (pdf)]
[catalog text (pdf)]

the installation at transitio_mx, Mexico City 2005-12:

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All files are copyright © 2006 by Gebhard Sengmüller. Permission to publish is contingent upon proper published attribution to VSSTV and the subsequent receipt by Gebhard Sengmüller of a copy of the published material.

In the case of special requests or problems, please e-mail us at gebseng@gebseng.com