David A. Ross, chair of the MFA Art Practice Department at SVA, and Ron Simon, curator of television and video at the Paley Center for Media, reunite members of the pioneering video collective Videofreex for a symposium entitled We’re All Videofreex: Changing Media & Social Change from Portapak to Smartphone on November 1 from 4 to 9pm at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street.
Between 1969 and 1978, Videofreex produced hundreds of hours of real-time video documents shot 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 spurred by the introduction of video and the impact of the emerging counterculture.
Following a screening of the group’s work and Q&A, Ross moderates a panel on the Videofreex’s contribution to the history of video art and their renewed significance at a moment in which unprecedented proliferation of personal recording devices and decentralized broadcasting platforms fuel uprisings worldwide.
For more information about the We’re All Videofreex symposium, visit sva.edu. Below: A Videofreex interview with Black Panther Party Chairman, Fred Hampton in Chicago in 1969.