Skip Sweeney (b. 1946) studied theater arts at Santa Clara University before becoming involved in the Bay Area video scene in the late 1960's, where he was a co-founder of Electric Eye, an early media collective concerned with video performance and experiments. In 1970, Sweeney founded Video Free America, a San Francisco media arts center and communications nexus, with Arthur Ginsberg. Sweeney's work in video included abstract image-processing and synthesis, autobiographical documentaries and portraits, and video installations for theater including a version of Allen Ginsberg's Kaddish (1977). Tuning and tinkering for hours to produce shimmering, interweaving video mandalas, Sweeney was one of a handful of people who mastered video feedback. Sweeney later worked in collaboration with Joanna Kelly, producing video dance tapes, video art, and documentaries.
Video Feedback presents images created by a video camera that is aimed at an angle into a video monitor. The system allows the viewer to control and manipulate the camera's relationship to the monitor as well as the f-stop, zoom, and focus of the camera's lens. The black-and-white images pulsate and evolve as the camera responds to the images that it sends to the moniitor. A very important early example of video feedback by an early master of video feedback.