A Closer Look: Hidden Histories - Radical Learning, Radical Perception The History of the Experimental Television Center

Publication TypeBook
AuthorsHigh, Kathy; Ralph Hocking
SourceNAMAC, San Francisco, CA (2005)

A CLOSER LOOK 2005 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of NAMAC as a national organization serving independent media.We invited seven authors to look back at some of the ?hidden histories? of the field: from underrecognized artists, collaborations and collectives, to organizations and intentional media communities.These creative clusters, found throughout the country, have embodied the dynamic spirit and vision of this media movement that continues to gain energy from ? and exists in key dialogue with ? issues of identity and race, marks of regionality, processes of tool and technology exploration, and the artifacts of mediated communication scattered throughout the environments we inhabit.The anthology opens up a field of inquiry for a new generation that may know very little about the artists, the organizations, or the times in which the media arts, as a self-described field, began developing and growing in cultural influence. Delving into perspectives about these subjects that only the long view backward can offer, the authors map a wide range of activities from a twenty-first century point of view, and look at how these transmissions from the past remain more than relevant today as our media environments change at warp speed. What are the lineages and patterns of practice that, when reexamined, have fresh significance for the concerns facing artists and organizations?These histories are strong reminders that uncertainty, playfulness and openness to unpredictability are part of the effort of making media. The driving forces surrounding the subjects that these authors explore may have changed over the years, but the questions they amplify re-emerge in new ways as creative generations overlap and eventually succeed one another.Introductions by Helen De Michiel and Kathy High. 97 pages. $19.95.Essays by:Patricia R. ZimmermanLIVE! Reconnecting the Histories of Live Multimedia PerformanceScott McDonaldFilm History and ?Film History?Mary M. LampeSWAMP RootsMelinda Stone, in conversation with Andrew Lampert and Rick PrelingerSecrets in the ArchivesRobin OppenheimerVisions and Hindsights: Seattle?s and/or Alternative Art SpaceKathy High, Ralph Hocking, and Sherry Miller HockingRadical Learning, Radical PerceptionErika Dalya MuhammadElectrocultures