We’re All Videofreex – the symposium, the reunion

David Cort gets into the action in “Mayday Realtime” (1971), one of the videos sampled in the upcoming screening.

We’re All Videofreex, a symposium coming up November 1 at the School of Visual Arts on West 23rd Street in New York, will bring together more than video enthusiasts and film students. Videofreex members and their progeny from three states and the District of Columbia will be there. The makers of the upcoming documentary on the Videofreex will be there. The final program schedule reveals that even the storied Don West will be there.

This second generation Freex member is definitely looking forward to it.

We’re All Videofreex

Thursday, November 1, 2012

4-9 p.m.

School of Visual Arts

333 West 23rd Street

New York, NY


4pm        Part I: “Subject to Change”: Challenging Media

Moderated by Ron Simon

With Don West, radical editor Ray Mungo and Videofreex members Nancy Cain and Parry Teasdale

When CBS executive Don West recruited the Videofreex to produce Subject to Change (1969), media and journalism were at a critical turning point. Panelists will respond to the rejected pilot and the Videofreex’s subsequent founding of Lanesville TV as both evidence and impetus of the challenges posed to traditional media and journalism by a growing counter-culture and the invention of portable video.

5:45pm        Part II: Re-Writing History

With Jon Nealon, Jenny Raskin and the Videofreex: Skip Blumberg, Nancy Cain, David Cort, Mary Curtis Ratcliff, Bart Friedman, Davidson Gigliotti, Parry Teasdale, Carol Vontobel and Ann Woodward

Following a screening of Videofreex Pirate TV Show: Re-Writing History, a compilation of clips from the collective’s videos by member Skip Blumberg, the Videofreex will take questions from the audience. Jon Nealon and Jenny Raskin will present the trailer for their upcoming documentary, Here Come the Videofreex.

7:15pm        Part III: Real Time: Video After the Videofreex

Moderated by David A. Ross

With media historian Dierdre Boyle, documentarian Elizabeth Coffman, artist and Rhizome founder Mark Tribe and Videofreex members Skip Blumberg and Davidson Gigliotti

How has portable video shaped the way we see and are seen? Panelists will discuss the Videofreex’s legacy in the history of video art and their renewed resonance in the context of contemporary social media and social change.

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