Special Events for
Videofreex: The Art of Guerrilla Television

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ONGOING (Through July 12, 2015)

Videofreex: The Art of Guerrilla Television Engagement Program
"Freex Out," a thematic video art presentation in the Videofreex exhibition, based on biweekly open public calls. Submissions will be edited live in
 The Dorsky Museum by SUNY New Paltz students during times listed below. Post an original video up to two minutes long to YouTube.

Live Editing times:
Thu., Feb. 12, 2–4:50 pm Fri., Feb. 20, 12:45–3:10 pm
Thu., Feb. 26, 2–4:50 pm Fri., March 6, 12:45–3:10 pm
Thu., March 12, 2–4:50 pm Fri., April 3, 12:45–3:10 pm
Thu., April 9, 2–4:50 pm Fri., April 17, 12:45–3:10 pm
Thu., April 23, 2–4:50 pm Fri., May 1, 12:45–3:10 pm


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Sunday, March 8, 2 pm
Panel Discussion: "Videofreex: A Foundation for Participatory Art and Social Engagement."
Panelists: Videofreex Parry Teasdale and Skip Blumberg; Galen Joseph-Hunter, Wave Farm; Moderator: Andrew Ingall, Guest Curator, Videofreex: The Art of Guerrilla Television

Artists are increasingly turning to community-based organizing and as part of their practice. Alongside the Videofreex, artists and producers discuss Lanesville TV as a model for civic engagement and opportunities past and present for creative placemaking and revitalization. Panelists will share examples of participatory projects that fall on the spectrum between those designed and scripted by artists and those rooted in dialogue collaborative projects, as well as projects generated collectively with participants. Student Union Building Rm. 62/63, SUNY New Paltz


Wednesday, March 25, 6:30 pm
"Explorations in the Videospace: Interdisciplinary Art and the Videofreex" Screening and Discussion

Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) will host a panel and screening in conjunction with Videofreex: The Art of Guerrilla Television, organized by Andrew Ingall. This event will highlight the bold inter-disciplinary nature of the early video collective's projects, with a special focus on Videofreex founding member David Cort, who edited several of his key video works at EAI in the 1970s. Selections of Cort's video work, representing his use of video as an interactive tool for electronic imaging exploration, will provide a catalyst for the panel discussion. Panelists under consideration include original Videofreex member Davidson Gigliotti, artist, Cort collaborator Shalom Gorewitz, and LoVid, a media art duo who represent a new generation of artists who have been influenced by the interdisciplinary practices of the Videofreex.

The panel will be co-moderated by Ingall and EAI's Director of Distribution, Rebecca Cleman.

Admission $7/ Students $5/ Free for EAI Members(535 West 22nd Street, 5th floor, between 10th and 11th Avenues, in West Chelsea, Manhattan. 212.337.0680)
Electronic Arts Intermix, New York, NY


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Wednesday, April 22, 7 pm

Screening and Talk

Curator Andrew Ingall shares tapes from the pioneering Catskills collective who established the first pirate TV station in the United States. The Videofreex serve as a model for a new generation seeking greater media democracy and developing community-based art practices.

Part of the series iEAR Presents! at the Media Sanctuary, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (3361 6th Avenue, North Troy, NY, 518.272.2390, info@mediasanctuary.org)


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Thursday, June 18, 7 pm
Screening and Discussion: Videofreex and Feminism: "Bumps on a Level Playing Field"

Portable video—an emerging tool for art and communications in the early 1970s—offered opportunities to a new generation of women to advance their production skills and creative output. In contrast to the male-dominated arena of film, video's playing field was mostly level with regard to gender, partly because of the medium's novelty. Among early video groups, the Videofreex earned a reputation for being the most technologically savvy and egalitarian. Speakers for this event include Videofreex members Nancy Cain and Mary Curtis Ratcliff, historian Deidre Boyle, and Susan Milano, former director of the Women's Video Art Festival.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Videofreex: The Art of Guerrilla Television, on view through July 12 at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz. Co-sponsored by the Dorsky and Video Data Bank. Supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities. Moderated by Andrew Ingall, curator of Videofreex: The Art of Guerrilla Television.

Free with museum admission.

See also: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/calendar/event/8662
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway, 718.638.5000)

Wednesday, June 24, 7 pm
Screening: Sneak preview of the new documentary "Here come the Videofreex" with Videofreex members in attendance.
In 1972, the Videofreex collective launched America's first pirate TV station, Lanesville TV, at Maple Tree Farm in the Catskills hamlet of Lanesville with a transmitter bartered by Abbie Hoffman in exchange for a ghostwritten chapter on video for Steal This Book. "Here Come the Videofreex" tells their story—the story of the 1960s and 70s most radical video collective. It's the quirky tale of ten people's optimism and creativity, and their vision of what television could have become at a time when the three big networks ruled the TV airwaves.

Filmmakers Jon Nealon will be present to introduce the film, a 2015 official selection of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and the BAM Cinema Fest, and the Videofreex come home to talk about their early—and prescient—use of the SONY Portapak and answer your questions.

See a trailer for the film here: https://vimeo.com/44773986 or http://videofreexfilm.com/

At Rosendale Theater (408 Main Street, Rosendale, NY) $5 suggested donation

Supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities.


All programs take place in the museum unless otherwise indicated.

The Friends of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art and the State University of New York at New Paltz provide ongoing support for The Dorsky's exhibitions and programs.

If you are a person with a disability who will require special accommodations please contact Amy Pickering at 845.257.3844 no later than one week before the event.

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Videofreex: The Art of Guerrilla Television
February 7 — July 12, 2015


If you are a person with a disability who will require special accommodations please contact Amy Pickering at 845.257.3844
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