This Must Be the Space: A Video Conversation on Artist-Run and Artist-Inhabited Spaces

Programmed by Emily Eddy | 1971 - 2016 | TRT 01:30:50

Video Details
Videofreex | 1972 | 00:16:23 | United States | English | B&W | Mono | 4:3 | 1/2" open reel video

“Trolling for news we call it,” says Bart Friedman a minute into this video, as he pushes down a road the Lanesville TV News Buggy – a baby carriage filled with video equipment, spilling over with wires. The buggy allows for easy transportation of equipment as the Videofreex make their way throughout Lanesville, interviewing residents on their daily activity. Although fairly ordinary – a visit to the lake, a small bit about a neighbor’s new electric golf cart, and an introduction to a newborn baby – the footage has an air of genuineness and all of the interactions are amicable. The particularities of the content do less to capture one’s attention and more to show the friendly integration the Videofreex achieved in their adopted up-state New York town. The community environment becomes enfolded within the TV news environment in a recursive, hyper-local kind of coverage, each bit ending with one the Freex saying to their neighbors “see you on TV!” This intimate feedback loop circulating between the Freex and their community is precisely the kind of pirate TV they were after, and showcases the main themes of Lanesville TV.

— Nicolas Holt, 2016

About this program:

Artist-run spaces are an integral part of a vibrant art community. From microcinemas to warehouse spaces to apartment galleries, no healthy art ecosystem can exist without some forms of independent and DIY organizations. With this thought in mind, we are pleased to present the VDB TV program, This Must Be the Space: A Video Conversation on Artist-Run and Artist-Inhabited Spaces, programmed by Emily Eddy, the director of Chicago’s Nightingale Cinema which recently closed their physical space of 14 years. 

Emily has also written a delightful and insightful accompanying essay that chronicles some of the Nightingale’s history and ties it into several ideas explored in the works featured in the program by Videofreex, Nazli Dinçel, Glenn Belverio, George Kuchar, Anne McGuire, and Tom Rubnitz. The works range in dates from 1971-2016, consist of disparate styles, and focus on a variety of scenes, but they all illustrate aspects of why the experimentation of the artist-run space is vital in our communities. 



 To read Emily Eddy's essay click hereEmily Eddy Essay