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Ralph Hocking Work: 1969 to 1986 DVD

Ralph Hocking, founder of the Experimental Television Center, released a DVD containing select video works.

About Ralph Hocking

Ralph Hocking has been a leader in the field of electronic media art since the 1960s, founding one of the first campus-based media access programs in the country at Binghamton University where he served as Professor of Video and Computer Art and Chair of the Cinema Department until his retirement in 1998.

In 1971 he established the independent nonprofit Experimental Television Center, with a residency and research program for artists, equipment access and training programs for the community, and regional and national exhibition programs.

He has served as consultant, advisor and panelist with such organizations as the New York State Council on the Arts, the University Wide Arts Committee, the Society for Photographic Education, the Massachusetts Arts Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and many museums and galleries.

His personal creative work has been exhibited widely worldwide. He has received support for his work from the NEA Visual Arts Fellowship Program and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Through a Residency from the Institute for Electronic Arts at Alfred University, he created a compilation of his video, Work 1969-1986.

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ETC @ 25

Before MTV, before Industrial Light and Magic, there was a radical group of people who believed that television was an art medium. They felt free to play with the television signal to make funky, sophisticated, chaotic, poetic, raw, cutting edge, disruptive, politically savvy, artistically elegant tapes that were the antithesis of the broadcast television of then and most of now.

Tucked away in upstate New York, the Center is outside the mainstream. It is easy to forget its ongoing importance, but many of the 1,200+ artists who have passed through there, including Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane, Doris Chase, Nam June Paik, Shigeko Kubota, Shalom Gorewitz, Sara Hornbacher, Barbara Hammer, Peter Rose, Kathy High, Ernie Gusella, Richard Kostelanetz, Peter d’Agostino, myself and many others, have all been nourished in its crucible…

Excerpted from 25 Years of the Experimental Television Center (2006) [Ann-Sargent Wooster, pdf].