We are pleased to announce that the We’re All Videofreex symposium will take place Friday, April 5, 2013, in the original location of the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. Join us!
Here is the original program:
Friday, April 5, 4-9 p.m.
333 West 23rd Street
Since the first portable video camera, the Portapak, hit the market in 1967, video has radically changed the way stories are told and distributed. Its unique ability to capture life as it happens shaped the history of journalism and documentary filmmaking. Today, thanks to the ubiquity of video cameras and broadcasting platforms like YouTube, it is once again re-shaping the way we see the world.
Co-chairs David A. Ross, Chair of the SVA graduate program in Art Practice and Ron Simon, Curator of Television and Radio at the Paley Center for Media reunite members of the Videofreex for a one-day symposium on the genealogy of portable video through the viewfinder of the pioneering collective. Among the first to use Sony Portapaks, the Freex shot hundreds of hours of real-time video documents that captured the pivotal events and figures of 1970s counterculture. Their archives include interviews with Black Panther Chairman Fred Hampton and activist Abbie Hoffman as well as recordings of street demonstrations, rock music, erotica and performance art. They founded the first pirate TV station, Lanesville TV, in the eponymous upstate New York town and invited community members to participate in the creation of content for the world’s smallest television station.
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.
5:20pm Part II: Re-Writing History
With the Videofreex: Skip Blumberg, Nancy Cain, David Cort, Mary Curtis Ratcliff, Bart Friedman, Davidson Gigliotti, Parry Teasdale, Carol Vontobel and Ann Woodward
The Videofreex will discuss their history and legacy and take questions from the audience.
6:15pm 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.
7:30pm Part IV: Screening: Videofreex Pirate TV Show
2012, edited by Skip Blumberg
This never-before-seen compilation features selections from the Videofreex diverse archive.
Free and open to the public. Guests are welcome to attend all or any part of the symposium.