Video Rewind: A Seminar on Early Video History with Deirdre Boyle, Barbara London, Paul Ryan and Perry Teasdale.

Publication TypeBook
AuthorsTennant, Carolyn
SourceETC (1998)

Video History: Making Connections, a conference organized by the Experimental Television Center, at Syracuse University.Video Rewind: A Seminar on Early Video HistoryVideofreex, Radical Software, The Kitchen, Global Groove, Global Village, closed circuit video, portapaks, Challenge for Change, Media Burn, People's Video Theater, Wipe Cycle, feedback, The Spaghetti City Video Manual, multi-channel installations, Four More Years, The TV Lab, Expanded Cinema, Electronic Arts Intermix, Video/Television Review, Everson Museum, video synthesizers, Rockefeller Foundation, Guerrilla Television.....If these names are not "a blast from the past" but rather tantalizing fragments of a remote and hidden history, then join us for a day-long seminar designed to introduce curators, critics, librarians, archivists, funders, artists, students, and interested others to the early history of independent video in America (1965 and 1980). This seminar will offer an intensive day of screenings, discussions, and presentations by and about video pioneers. Screenings will include selections of significant video art and documentary tapes that illustrate some of the diverse interests, preoccupations, styles, and approaches of early video. Lectures and discussions will explore how this new medium for art, activism, and information was developed by artist?innovators, video collectives, new technology manufacturers, funders, museum curators, and public television producers, to name a few of the key players. Depending upon participant interests, discussion may cover: how video differentiated itself from network television and affiliated with the fine arts; the role of cable TV; the importance of collectives; differences among video's early black?and?white and color formats and their impact on video aesthetics; the rise of women's video; the relationship of early video theory to prevailing theories of media, cybernetics and social change, etc.Deirdre Boyle, Seminar LeaderSenior Faculty, Graduate Media Studies Program, The New School for Social Research (New York) and author of Subject to Change: Guerrilla Television Revisited (Oxford, 1997), Video Preservation: Securing the Future of the Past (Media Alliance, 1993) and Video Classics: Video Art and Documentary Tapes (Oryx, 1986)Barbara LondonCurator of Video, The Museum of Modern Art and founder of the museum's video program Paul RyanMcLuhan fellow, member of Raindance and TVTV, and author of Cybernetics of the Sacred and Video Mind/Earth Mind: Art, Communications, and EcologyParry Teasdalefounding member of the Videofreex and Media Bus and author of the forthcoming Videofreex: A Memoir of Lanesville TV, America's First Pirate Television Station