The MFA Computer Art Department will commemorate the life and work of Steve Rutt, a legendary video and digital media producer who passed away on May 20 after succumbing to pancreatic cancer at the age of 66. “A Tribute to Steve Rutt: Video Visionary” will take place on Thursday, June 30, at 6:30pm in the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street. The event will include screenings of video, film and interactive work produced by Rutt, classic and new work created with the Rutt/Etra video synthesizer, and rare photographs and footage of Rutt.
Rutt, a New Yorker since his birth in 1945, was already wiring the auditorium at his school as a child, possibly as a result of early learning experiences in his family’s electronics company. In 1972 he developed the Rutt/Etra video synthesizer with Bill Etra. The 19-by-40-inch box allowed users to create animated images and special effects by changing video signal.
Rutt was the owner of Rutt Video & Interactive, a Manhattan-based video postproduction company, for more than 30 years. There, he mentored and employed numbers of SVA students, alumni and faculty members.
Steve Rutt’s obituary can be read on The New York Times Web site.