VSSTV – Very Slow Scan Television

Gebhard Sengmuller (A).

VSSTV uses broadcasts from the historic public domain TV system –available anytime over freely accessible frequencies– and regular bubble wrap to construct an analogous system in which the packing material works as the aperture mask.


A plotter-like device fills a sheet of bubble wrap with pigments in the 3 primary CRT colors (red, blue, green), turning them into pixels on the VSSTV “screen”. Observed from a distance, the cluster of pixels/bubbles will merge into the transmitted image.


A patient observer can witness the extremely slow transformation of the “blank” bubble wrap into an image over the course of 10 hours.