On Friday, April 5th from 4 to 9 p.m., the MFA Art Practice Department will present the symposium We’re All Videofreex: Changing Media and Social Change from Portapak to Smartphone at the SVA Theatre. The symposium was organized with support from the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media, BFA Fine Arts and BFA Visual & Critical Studies departments.
Here is a description of We’re All Videofreex from the event announcement on the SVA website:
David A. Ross, chair, MFA Art Practice Department, and Ron Simon, curator of television and radio at the Paley Center for Media, reunite members of the pioneering video collective, the Videofreex, for the symposium We’re All Videofreex: Changing Media and Social Change from Portapak to Smartphone. Between 1969 and 1978, the group shot hundreds of hours of real-time video with newly invented portable cameras and founded Lanesville TV, the first pirate TV station. Simon leads a discussion about Subject to Change, the Videofreex production commissioned—and subsequently dropped—by CBS, in the context of the challenges to traditional journalism brought on by the introduction of video and the emerging counterculture. Following a screening of the group’s work and a Q&A, Ross moderates a panel on the Videofreex’s contribution to video-art history and renewed significance at a moment in which the proliferation of personal recording devices and decentralized broadcasting platforms fuel uprisings worldwide.
For more information including a detailed schedule of events in the symposium, visit the event announcement at the link above. You can also learn more and watch footage from the Videofreex at the We’re All Videofreex Tumblr.
[Poster image: David Cort shooting ‘Mayday Realtime,’ photo courtesy the Videofreex.]