Led by Media Burn in partnership with the University of Chicago, a massive preservation effort to digitize early video tapes is underway.
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.https://www.clir.org/hiddencollections/funded-projects/
For more information:
- The hidden history of ‘guerrilla television’: UChicago scholars preserve decades-old videos (uchicago.edu)
- Announcement at Media Burn (mediaburn.org)
- Subject to Change: Guerrila Television Revisited (Deirdre Boyle, 1985) [pdf]
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