ETC History 1968-1971

History 1968-70


Ralph Hocking began the Student Experiments in Television project on the campus of Binghamton University. Along with students, community members were introduced to portable video production tools and techniques. In 1969 Angel Nunez taped "Bedford Stuyvesant Kids", a street-tape which documented neighborhood kids arrested by police after stealing from a factory, This tape was shown widely throughout the State and proved instrumental in obtaining funding for a number of drug-related and inner city improvement projects. It was eventually broadcast by WNET-TV.

 History 1970-71


  With support from the New York State Council on the Arts, Hocking incorporated SET as the Community Center for TV Production, a non-profit media center and moved to a loft space in downtown Binghamton. The initial programs emphasized production training for community organizations, educational institutions and individuals. In meetings with Nam June Paik, Hocking addressed artists' uses of video and began a program to support the development of imaging tools.