excerpt from Videoscope article by Laurie McDonald

The Electron Movers, Research in the Electronic Arts, Inc. was a video artist collective established in Providence, Rhode Island in 1974 that remained active through 1979. The original group of five artists came together because of common aesthetic interests, the need to collaborate on works and performances, and the desire to explore the electronic arts as an art form and communication medium. The group was comprised of five individuals: Laurie McDonald, Robert and Dorothy Jungels, Alan Powell, and Dennis Hlynsky.  Larry Heyl, Philip Palombo, and Ed Tannenbaum later joined the group. The Electron Movers explored the intersections of many disciplines, including film/video, music, dance, visual arts, electrical and optical engineering, challenging established moving image narrative formats in their attempt to explore video as a new language system.

Photo collage by Laurie McDonald


During the early days of experimental television, imaging equipment was engineered to process video signals in ways that had no precedent.  Sometimes the video camera was eliminated altogether. For example, the video “quantizer,” designed by Larry Templeton, segmented a black and white video signal according to luminescence, and synthetic colors could be substituted for specific luminescences.  Various PBS stations began opening their doors to video experimenters, and Laurie, Alan, and Dennis were invited to WNET’s experimental lab (New York) in 1973. In 1974, the trio spent six weeks at the National Center for Experiments in Television at KQED, San Francisco, one of the premier experimental
video and electronic music facilities of the time. Electron Movers was an outgrowth of these experiences.


During the five years of their collaboration, Electron Movers exhibited their works at The Kitchen in New York City; The Avant Garde Festivals of New York; the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York; Artpark in Lewiston, New York; at universities throughout New York and New England; and internationally.

Selected Video Works:

Sketches of my Sister, plus Laurie
Produced at Electron Mover Studio 1975
Lesley Powell, Laurie McDonald – Dancers
Brown Video Mixer, Buchula Synthesizer – Alan Powell

Produced by Laurie McDonald & Alan Powell 1975
Electron Mover Studio, MacColl Studio for Electronic Music
Laurie McDonald: Arp Synthesizer
Laurie McDonald, Alan Powell: Templeton/Brown Video Synthesizer

Floating Hands
produced at Electron Mover Studio 1976
Alan Powell: theremins, Arp Synthesizer, Templeton/Brown Video Synthesizer

Beavertail Point
produced at Electron Mover studio, MacColl Studio for Electronic Music, Synapse Video Center 1978
Alan Powell:  Arp Synthesizer, Templeton/Brown Video Synthesizer