picture1-small.jpgThe artist duo LoVid works to develop Retzuot, a mixed-media project inspired by prayer shawls and tefillin, a ritual object comprised of two boxes containing parchment inscribed with biblical verses bound to worshippers by leather straps. Retzuot features handmade hardware, video-generating sculptural synthesizers, hand-sewn and knotted patchworks, and a media performance featuring live abstract video and sound. The product, both interactive and wearable, offers a new perspective on performative aspects of ritual, the potential for harnessing creativity and spirituality through technology, and the relationship between abstract audiovisuals and language-based prayer.

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LoVid’s collages, textiles, and three-dimensional objects are exercises in making audio and video art more├é┬átangible and preserving data, signals, and memory. Their wide-ranging artistic inspirations include archaeological artifacts of ancient civilizations, early video art from the 1960s and 1970s, and DIY (do-it-yourself) computer-based arts of today. LoVid creates artworks inspired by an imaginary, parallel universe where past, present, and future collapse. They combine opposing elements in their work, contrasting hard electronics with soft fabric patchworks, analog and digital video, and handmade and machine-produced objects.

LoVid is Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus, who live in New York and work in live video installations, sculptures, digital prints, patchworks, performances, and other media projects. They have performed and exhibited their work at the Art Institute of Chicago, Eyebeam, Exit Art, The Kitchen, PS1, Neuberger Museum of Art, and New Museum of Contemporary Art.