Surveying the First Decade: Volume 2

08:27:11 | 4 DVDs

Collection: Curated Compilations, DVD Box Sets, Early Video Art

Tags: Activism, Documentary, Image Processing, Video History

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Surveying the First Decade: Volume 2

This comprehensive package on the history of experimental and independent video is an essential tool for teachers, libraries, and researchers. Volumes 1 and 2 include over 16 hours of historic video on eight thematically curated programs, exploring conceptual, performance-based, image-processed, feminist, documentary and grassroots community-based genres.

Volume 2 includes:

Program 5: Performance of Video-Imaging Tools

Calligrams, Steina and Woody Vasulka, 1970, 04:00 (excerpted from 12:00)
Illuminatin' Sweeney, Skip Sweeney, 1975, 05:00, (excerpted from 28:38)
Video Weavings, Stephen Beck, 1976, 04:06 (excerpted from 28:00)
Five-minute Romp through the IP, Dan Sandin, 1973, 06:34
Triangle in Front of Square in Front of Circle in Front of Triangle, Dan Sandin, 1973, 01:40
Video-Taping, Ernest Gusella, 1974, 02:41
Exquisite Corpse, Ernest Gusella, 1978, 08:23
Einstine, Eric Siegel, 1968, 05:22
General Motors, Phil Morton, 1976, 10:25 (excerpted from 1:00:00)
Merce by Merce by Paik, Nam June Paik, 1978, 27:27
Crossings and Meetings, Ed Emshwiller, 1974, 04:04 (excerpted from 27:33)
Complex Wave Forms, Ralph Hocking, 1977, 04:11 (excerpted from 05:00)
Pictures of the Lost, Barbara Buckner, 1978, 08:04 (excerpted from 23:00)
Video Locomotion (man performing forward hand leap), Peer Bode, 1978, 04:56
Music on Triggering Surfaces, Peer Bode, 1978, 03:06
C-Trend, Woody Vasulka, 1974, 07:19 (excerpted from 09:00)
Switch! Monitor! Drift!, Steina Vasulka, 1976, 03:48

Program 6: Decentralized Communications Projects

Mayday Realtime, David Cort and Curtis Ratcliff, 1971, 10:27 (excerpted from 1:00:00)
People's Video Theater (Women's Liberation March NYC, Gay Pride March NYC, Young Lords Occupy Manhattan Church, Native American Action at Plymouth Rock), People's Video Theatre (Elliot Glass and Ken Marsh), 1970-72, 28:22 (excerpts)
Participation, Steina and Woody Vasulka, 1969-71, 04:37 (excerpted from 30:00)
First Transmission of ACTV, George Stoney and Austin Community Television (ACTV), 1972, 04:31 (excerpted from 8:00)
Jonesboro Storytelling Festival: Kathryn Windham Telling Ghost Stories (The Jumbo Light), Broadside TV , 1974, 05:22
The Politics of Intimacy, Julie Gustafson, 1974, 09:26 (excerpted from 52:20)
Attica Interviews, Portable Channel, 1971, 08:44 (excerpted from 30:00)
Queen Mother Moore Speech at Greenhaven Prison, People's Communications Network, 1973, 17:41 (excerpted from 1:03:00)
The Laughing Alligator, Juan Downey, 1979, 26:30

Program 7: Critiques of Art and Media as Commodity and Spectacle

Eternal Frame, Ant Farm and T.R.Uthco, 1976, 22:19
Television Delivers People, Richard Serra and Carlotta Fay Schoolman, 1973, 05:55
The Business of Local News, University Community Video--Minneapolis, 1974, 16:57 (excerpted from 25:00)
Proto Media Primer, Paul Ryan and Raindance Corporation, 1970, 14:42
About Media, Anthony Ramos, 1977, 15:36 (excerpted from 26:00)
Fifty Wonderful Years, Optic Nerve, 1973, 25:59
Technology /Transformation: Wonder Woman, Dara Birnbaum, 1978, 05:25

Program 8: Independents Address TV Audiences

Healthcare: Your Money or Your Life, Downtown Community TV (DCTV), 1977, 57:00
The Ruling Classroom, Peter Bull and Alex Gibney , 1979-80, 57:38
Four More Years, Top Value Television (TVTV), 1972, 1:00:15

See also Surveying the First Decade and Surveying the First Decade: Volume 1.

Included Titles

Calligrams
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Calligrams is one of the Vasulkas' earliest experiments with altering the analog video image. An image is rescanned from the monitor "to capture and preserve the violated state of the standard television signal." The "violations" include...

 

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Illuminatin' Sweeney
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Skip Sweeney was an early and proficient experimenter with video feedback. A feedback loop is produced by pointing a camera at the monitor to which it is cabled. Infinite patterns and variations of feedback can be derived from manipulating the...

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: image processing, video history

Video Weavings
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Inspired by the analogy between weaving (vertical warp threads traversed by horizontal weft threads) and the construction of the television image (vertical and horizontal scans of an electron gun), Stephen Beck built the Video Weaver in 1974, and...

 

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Tags: image processing

Five-minute Romp through the IP
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In 1973, Dan Sandin designed and built a comprehensive video instrument for artists, the Image Processor (IP), a modular, patch programmable, analog computer optimized for the manipulation of gray level information of multiple video inputs....

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: chicago art, film or videomaking, image processing, video history

Triangle in Front of Square in Front of Circle in Front of Triangle
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In this elegant demonstration, Sandin explains the mistake of using common language concepts and spatial relations to describe what actually can happen on the video screen. The images generated in the tape act according to specific parameters set...

 

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Video-Taping
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Gusella's title creates a pun on the term video "tape" by using a split screen in which one half is the electronic negative of the other. Gusella set up a glass sheet and suspended it from light poles. The glass was covered with black or white...

 

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Tags: image processing

Exquisite Corpse
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The "exquisite corpse" named in the title of this piece refers to a favorite game of the Surrealists, played by passing a folded sheet of paper among a group; each person draws one section of a body on the folded segment without looking at the...

 

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1968 | 05:22
Einstine
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Eric Siegel, a child prodigy in electronics, built his first TV set out of scrap parts at the age of 14. He developed his first video synthesizer, the Processing Chrominance Synthesizer, in 1968-69; it was used to generate the installation ...

 

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General Motors
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A response to the inability of his local General Motors dealer to fix Morton's 1974 Chevy van to his satisfaction, this tape blends experimental image-processing techniques with documentation of the faulty vehicle. Morton states that he is upset...

 

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Tags: image processing

Merce by Merce by Paik
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Merce by Merce by Paik is a two-part tribute to choreographer Merce Cunningham and artist Marcel Duchamp. The first section, “Blue Studio: Five Segments,” is an innovative work of video-dance produced by Merce Cunningham and videomaker...

 

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Tags: body, dance, documentation, image processing, performance, portrait, tv production

Crossings and Meetings
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Crossings and Meetings explores the image and sound of a walking man, expanding a simple image into increasingly complex permutations and arriving at what Emshwiller calls a "visual fugue" in time and space. Emshwiller uses various...

 

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Complex Wave Forms
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Produced without camera input, this intense electronic landscape transports the viewer into a world that is an abstract study in machine-generated imagery. Produced at the Experimental Television Center.

 

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Pictures of the Lost
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Composed in 22 movements that introduce a series of silent, haunting, other-worldly landscapes, Pictures of the Lost hovers between figuration and abstraction, and reveals Buckner's sustained interest in spirituality. Produced at the...

 

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Video Locomotion (man performing forward hand leap)
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"Homage to Eadweard Muybridge. A historical Muybridge photo grid is put into an electronic video signal space. Working with collected postcards, in this case, the durational photo series by the 19th century photographer Eadweard Muybridge, this...

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: film or videomaking, photography, video history

Music on Triggering Surfaces
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In Music on Triggering Surfaces, Bode constructs an interface between audio and video systems. The luminance information (voltage) from the visual images traversed by the black dot is routed to an oscillator to produce the audio signal,...

 

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Tags: film or videomaking, image processing, video history

C-Trend
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In C-Trend, one of Woody Vasulka's "dialogues with tools," the video raster, or monitor screen, is controlled by the Rutt-Etra Scan Processor, a scan deflection tool designed by Steve Rutt and Bill Etra in 1973. The camera image being...

 

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Switch! Monitor! Drift!
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Switch! Monitor! Drift! is one of a series of "machine visions" constructed by Steina in the '70s. In this documentation of a studio landscape, two cameras' signals are combined through a luminance keyer. One camera is mounted on a...

 

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David Cort + 1 other
1971 | 59:45
Mayday Realtime
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Shot over one day, this program records the events and protests in Washington DC on May Day, 1971. This was the day when one of the most disruptive actions of the Vietnam War era occurred in Washington, DC, when thousands of anti-war activists...

 

Collection: Videofreex Archive, Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: activism, city, documentation, film or videomaking, history

Ken Marsh + 1 other
1971 | 28:22
People's Video Theater
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Contains excerpts from: Women's Liberation March NYC, Gay Pride March NYC, Young Lords Occupy Manhattan Church, Native American Action at Plymouth Rock

 

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Participation
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Shortly after they arrived in the United States from Prague in 1965, Steina and Woody Vasulka began documenting New York City's underground theater and music scenes with a portapak. Steina has remarked that she learned the craft of camerawork as...

 

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Tags: interview

First Transmission of ACTV
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This video documents the first cablecast of Austin Community Television (ACTV) in which George Stoney and a group of University of Texas students assembled playback equipment on a hilltop at the cable system's head-end. The head-end is the site...

 

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Jonesboro Storytelling Festival
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This tape features Kathryn Windham, a noted children's author and librarian from Selma, Alabama, relating a ghost story about "The Jumbo Light" at the 1974 Jonesboro Storytelling Festival. This front porch gathering is typical of the casual...

 

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The Politics of Intimacy
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The setting for The Politics of Intimacy recalls the widespread consciousness-raising (CR) groups in the late '60s and early '70s inspired by the emerging feminist movement. CR groups provided a forum to openly and collectively validate...

 

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Tags: documentary, feminism, gender, sexuality

Attica Interviews
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Portable Channel, a community documentary group in Rochester, New York, was one of the first small format video centers to have an ongoing relationship with a PBS affiliate (WXXI). Portapakers interviewed Sinclair Scott, a member of the...

 

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Tags: african-american, crime or violence, interview, prison, race

Queen Mother Moore Speech at Greenhaven Prison
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Two years after the riots and deaths at Attica, New York, a community day was organized at Greenhaven, a federal prison in Connecticut. Think Tank, a prisoners' group, coordinated efforts with African-American community members outside the prison...

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: documentation, politics, race, video history

The Laughing Alligator
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The personal odyssey recorded in The Laughing Alligator combines methods of anthropological research with diaristic essay, mixing objective and subjective vision. Recorded while Downey and his family were living among the Yanomami people...

 

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Tags: diary, documentary, expedition/travel, family, film or videomaking, indigenous, mental landscape, religion/spirituality, ritual

Ant Farm + 1 other
1976 | 22:19
The Eternal Frame
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Irreverent yet poignant, The Eternal Frame is a re-enactment of the assassination of John F. Kennedy as seen in the famous Zapruder film. This home movie was immediately confiscated by the FBI yet found its way into the visual...

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: activism, history, media analysis, performance, politics, video history

Television Delivers People
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Television Delivers People is a seminal work in the now well-established critique of popular media as an instrument of social control that asserts itself subtly on the populace through “entertainments,” for the benefit of those in power—...

 

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Tags: advertisement(s), media analysis, television, video history

The Business of Local News
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Showcasing local documentaries made on 1/2" equipment, Changing Channels was a weekly alternative video magazine produced by University Community Video (UCV) and aired on public television station KCTA, Minneapolis. In The Business...

 

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Paul Ryan + 1 other
1970 | 14:42
Proto Media Primer
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As one of the early media collectives, Raindance Corporation celebrated an eclectic use of the portapak by taping everything from man-in-the-street interviews to concerts and demonstrations. Intended to serve as a cultural data bank, their media...

 

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1977 | 26:00
About Media
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Anthony Ramos' astute deconstruction of television news focuses on his part in the media coverage of President Jimmy Carter's 1977 declaration of amnesty for Vietnam draft evaders. Ramos, who had served an 18-month prison sentence for draft...

 

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Tags: history, journalism, media analysis, politics, prison, television, tv production, war

Fifty Wonderful Years
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Fifty Wonderful Years provides a behind-the-scenes look at the 1973 Miss California Pageant. In the early '70s beauty pageants across the country came under fire from feminists who targeted them as spectacles that exploited women....

 

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1978 | 05:45
Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman
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A stutter-step progression of "extended moments" unmasks the technological "miracle" of Wonder Woman's transformation, playing psychological transformation off of television product.

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: feminism, media analysis, television, video history

Healthcare: Your Money or Your Life
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A classic exposé on the disparity of health care services for the rich and poor in America, this incisive investigative report exemplifies the advocacy journalism of the Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV). The tape was produced by Jon...

 

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Peter Bull + 1 other
1979 | 57:38
The Ruling Classroom
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The Ruling Classroom documents a social studies experiment played out by seventh graders in Mill Valley, California. The students reorganized their classroom as an imaginary country until the principal staged a coup and brought the...

 

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1972 | 1:00:00
Four More Years
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TVTV's inside view of the 1972 Republican National Convention made broadcast history. While network cameras focused on the orchestrated renomination of Richard Nixon, TVTV's rag-tag army of guerrilla television activists turned their cameras on...

 

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: documentary, history, media analysis, politics, video history