Wolfgang Stoerchle (1944–1976) was born in Germany and immigrated to Toronto with his family in 1959. After attending the University of Oklahoma, Stoerchle enrolled at the University of California, Santa Barbara. While there, he began experimenting with performance and sound art, graduating with an MFA in 1970. He performed throughout California with Miles Varner and Daniel Lentz in a group called California Time Machine. In 1970, Allan Kaprow recruited Stoerchle to teach in the Post-Studio Art program at CalArts. Encouraged by Nam June Paik, who was also teaching there at this time, Stoerchle began experimenting with video.