Patrick Lichty - Subterranean Slow Scan TV Homesick Blues

This video is an interpretation of Bob Dylan's Subterranean Homesick Blues as fed through a 1978 Robot 400 Slow Scan Transceiver. However, since each of the cue cards were not revealed every seven seconds (SSTV captures one frame per seven seconds for transmission over HAM radio), the video was re-edited so that the cards were revealed every seven sections, ensuring proper transmission. The song was also stretched to match the video's length.


Patrick is a conceptual artist, curator, and theorist exploring how media shape our perception of reality as well as the borders between the digital and the material. He is best known for his work with the virtual reality performance art group Second Front, and the animator of the activist group, The Yes Men. He is a CalArts/Herb Alpert Fellow and Whitney Biennial exhibitor as part of the collective RTMark. He has presented and exhibited internationally at numerous biennials and triennials (Yokohama, Venice, Performa, Maribor, Turin, Sundance), and conferences (ISEA, SIGGRAPH, Popular Culture Association, SLSA, SxSW). His recent book, “Variant Analyses: Interrogations of New Media Culture” was released by the Institute for Networked Culture, and is included in the Oxford Handbook of Virtuality.