Videofreex: Start-up since 1969, earliest video adopters, and incubator in the utopian 1970s; indy video pioneers, art video innovators, and pirate TV broadcasters.


exhibition opening night

Videofreex: Processing Activist Images

Gallery exhibition
TREIZE (Paris, France)
January 11-February 24, 2017

Curated by Pascaline Morincôme & Sibylle de Laurens

OPENING: Tuesday, 10 January, 18:00-22:00

“Here Come the Videofreex”

Feature documentary in international release!



Meet the Videofreex

Videofreex group pic w names

Videofreex was one of the pioneer production groups that formed when consumer video was first introduced in the late 1960s. Over their nine-plus years together, they produced thousands of videotapes, installations and multimedia events and trained hundreds of videomakers in the brand new video medium. Many of the videos are now archived at Chicago’s Video Data Bank.

They went on to found the country’s first pirate TV station and capture some of the most up-close and memorable records of the social movements of the 1960s and 70s.

The Videofreex Archive, established in 2007, isn’t the only way to observe the group’s early videotape coverage of this unique era of social and cultural change. Two recent books, the documentary Here Come the Videofreex, and a museum exhibit continue to tell the tale.


What they say about the Videofreex


The Freex are the most production oriented of the video groups… in terms of finished, cleanly edited, high quality tape, which is generally quite entertaining, the Videofreex are clearly the best.

Michael Shamberg, Guerilla Television, 1971, Holt, Rhinehart & Winston


and NOW:

Self-described “electronic Johnny Appleseeds,” the Freex were precursors for… video journalism, reality TV, music videos, Saturday Night Live-style sketch comedy, crowd sourcing, and art collectives.

Vox Populi


What we take for granted, they pioneered.

– Cliff Bellamy, The Herald-Sun


  1. We’re all Videofreex!

  2. Videofreex are legendary- would have loved to connect with this group back in the day but it just didn’t happen…i think i was too independent! Shamberg’s book is legendary but i never read it. I did, however, videotape Salvador Dali.

    1. Good to hear from you, Aristedes! Very honored by the designation of “legendary.”

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