Raven Row

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Raven Row is a non-profit contemporary art exhibition centre in Spitalfields that is open free to the public, Wednesdays to Sundays. It has been constructed within eighteenth century domestic rooms, onto which 6a Architects have added two contemporary galleries, and it stands on the part of Artillery Lane that was known until 1895 as Raven Row.

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Opening hours

Wednesday to Sunday

Admission charges

Admission free

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Steina & Woody Vasulka. Machine Vision

  • 19 May — 5 June 2016 *on now

Steina (born 1940, Reykjavík) and Woody Vasulka (born 1937, Brno) are pioneers of electronic and digital image production. In their ongoing dialogue with machines – from cathode-ray televisions to electronic and digital computer systems – they consider the electronic signal as artistic medium.

Meeting in Prague in 1962, the Vasulkas relocated to New York in 1965 where, by the early 1970s, they began working almost entirely with machine-generated imagery. Their early technical studies were produced in what they described as ‘states of unsupervised performance’, with the artists adjusting and altering sound and image waveforms in real time to create illusory images in virtual space. Often collaborating with a close network of engineers, musicians and artists, they invented new electronic and digital devices to realise video environments such as Noisefields (1974).

Woody initially worked as a filmmaker, while Steina trained as a classical violinist, and their respective visual styles are seen in their individual practices. In the exhibition, Steina’s electro-optical-mechanical installation Machine Vision (1978) implicates the body of the viewer and demonstrates her poetic conception of time, while Woody’s scientific analysis of video technology is evident in his Waveform Studies (1977-2016).

At Raven Row, examples of their analogue videos and experiments with lens-based media and digital processors from the early seventies to the early eighties reveal how the Vasulkas’ methods anticipated the virtual modes of image-making that are dominant today.

The exhibition is curated by Amy Budd, Deputy Director, Raven Row, and Kristín Scheving, Head of The Vasulka Chamber. The exhibition is made in partnership with The Vasulka Chamber, Center of Media Art, at the National Gallery of Iceland.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Raven Row
56 Artillery Lane
Greater London
E1 7LS






020 7377 4300

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