Open for research; material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.
Video materials may need to be duplicated before being used.
Correspondence, scripts, business papers, original artwork, and production stills related to videos. Twenty completed video works, nearly half of which are out of distribution, 51 hours of video documentation including "Behind the Scenes, " a 19-hour documentary of the production process for two key works: A MOSQUE IN TIME and MEMORY OF FIRE, and a 32-hour documentary of Japanese Butoh dance, and last, video copies of television interviews with Vélez for Spanish, Argentinian, and Japanese television.
A pioneer in video art, Vélez, together with Gary Hill and Bill Viola, was at the forefront of the generation that established video as an art form in the 1970s. Educated at the University of Puerto Rico, where he was influenced by Marshal McLuhan, Vélez subsequently moved to New York where he studied at Global Village. Vélez has been credited with the development of "a new transequential language of representation, " in which multiple scenes are superimposed and juxtaposed within the frame. In this respect, Vélez's production notes on his video pieces provide a unique and invaluable resource on how he was able to make these advances using analog formats -- nearly a decade before digital formats made layered imagery a standard practice in video production. In his numerous videos, Vélez has explored other cultures -- from the Cuna Indians of Panama to the Butoh dancers of Japan -- using his unique video aesthetic and language to explore intercultural dialogue and self-reflexive ethnography. Above all, Vélez's videos attest to the impossibility of a one-to-one translation across cultural boundaries. (Extracted from notes by Chon Noriega, Dept. of Film and Television, UCLA)
Unpublished guide available.
Behind the scenes
Meaning of the interval
Dance of Darkness
A Mosque in time
La Fura dels baus
On the road to Atitlan
Mother Mallard's portable masterpiece company
Tule, the Cuna Indians of San Blas
Meta Mayan II
Oblique strategist too
Memory of fire
Dance of darkness