Flashback: Moving Images on Audio Tapes

On Thursday, my department hosted Gerry Fialka, a curator of the PXL THIS film fest, devoted to shorts filmed with PXL-2000 camera, also known as Pixelvision. PXL-2000 was a video camera designed by James Wickstead and made by Fisher-Price in the late 1980's as a children's toy. PXL-2000 records audio and video on ordinary type audio cassette tapes, fitting about 5 minutes per side on a 90 minute tape. The overall effect is black and white, grainy, with a weird, almost slow-motion apperance.

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