CLIR Grant: Resurrecting the 1970s Guerrilla Television Movement ($459,150)

Sherry Miller & Ken Dominick @ Avant Garde Film Festival (1971). Photo: Van Dousmanis

Led by Media Burn in partnership with the University of Chicago, a massive preservation effort to digitize early video tapes is underway.

The effort draws from the collections of six influential media arts organizations: Media Burn, Community TV NetworkKartemquinAppalshop, NOVAC and Experimental Television Center.

The three-year project will digitize 1,015 videotapes produced from 1967-1979 with the collections of six institutions from across the United States. They represent the “Guerrilla Television” movement, a period when artists, activists, and community organizers utilized the new technology of portable video to create experimental works outside the restricted structures of broadcast television.

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