Videofreex Archive

Videofreex, one of the first video collectives, was founded in 1969 by David Cort, Mary Curtis Ratcliff and Parry Teasdale, after David and Parry met each other, video cameras in hand, at the Woodstock Music Festival. The group soon grew to ten full-time members--including Chuck Kennedy, Nancy Cain, Skip Blumberg, Davidson Gigliotti, Carol Vontobel, Bart Friedman and Ann Woodward--and produced tapes, installations and multimedia events. In 1971 the Freex moved to a 17-room, former boarding house called Maple Tree Farm in Lanesville, NY, operating one of the earliest media centers. Their innovative programming ranged from artists' tapes and performances to behind-the-scenes coverage of national politics and alternate culture. During the decade that the Freex were together, this pioneer video group amassed an archive of 1,500+ raw tapes and edits.

The Videofreex Archive, now housed at VDB, chronicles the counter-cultural movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The titles listed here are the early results of an ongoing project to preserve and digitize important examples of this early video art collective.

 

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1969 | 1:00:59
Dr. Hip Pocrates
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In this tape, the Videofreex record their visit with Dr. Eugene Schoenfeld, then recognized widely for his popular medical advice column, Dear Dr. Hip Pocrates, which doled out information about sex and drugs. At the time of this session in November...

 

Collection: Videofreex Archive, Single Titles

Tags: documentation, health, journalism

Parry Teasdale: An Interview
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Parry Teasdale is one of the founding members of the video art collective Videofreex, which was active in the 1960s and 70s. In this extensive two-part interview Teasdale explores the collective’s motivations and endeavors, which embodied the...

 

Collection: On Art and Artists, Interviews, Videofreex Archive, Single Titles

Tags: activism, art collective, film or videomaking, media analysis, television, tv production, vdb interviews

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In this tape the Videofreex document an impromptu experimental art gathering in 1971, hosted by New York artist, Tosun Bayrak. Before entering the gathering, the Freex record their encounters with a police officer, passersby, and a member of...

 

Collection: Videofreex Archive

Tags: art collective, city, death and dying, performance

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Skip Blumberg of the Videofreex conducts an interview with Charles “Cappy” Pinderhughes, the Lieutenant of Information of the New Haven branch of the Black Panther Party. From the steps of the New Haven headquarters, Cappy publicizes the upcoming...

 

Collection: Videofreex Archive, Single Titles

Tags: activism, african-american, documentation, film or videomaking, race, technology, television, video history

Videofreex, Aunt Betty's Birthday Party
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Shot by Bart Friedman with the Videofreex's Tivicon camera, this tape begins in Lanesville, New York with members of the Freex collective wishing Aunt Betty a happy birthday. Later the Freex find themselves on the streets of New York City on the way...

 

Collection: Videofreex Archive, Single Titles

Tags: music, video history

Greetings from Lanesville
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In Greetings from Lanesville, the Videofreex tour the countryside of Lanesville, New York interviewing the local people for a weekly broadcast program all from behind the wheel of the Lanesville TV Media Bus. As the first localized pirate...

 

Collection: Videofreex Archive, Single Titles

Tags: media analysis, performance, tv production, video history

Videofreex, Laser Games with Shirley Clarke
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In Laser Games with Shirley Clarke, the Videofreex visit the apartment of independent filmmaker Shirley Clarke. Someone brings out a laser pointer, which they then use from the top of their building to shine on the sidewalks below in an attempt to...

 

Collection: Videofreex Archive, Single Titles

Tags: documentation, technology, video history

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In Woodstock Festival 1969: First Aid, the Videofreex interview visitors and volunteers in and around the first aid tent about the level of health and hygiene at Woodstock. Topics range from the use of chlorine in the drinking water to protect...

 

Collection: Videofreex Archive, Single Titles

Tags: documentation, health, music, video history

Videofreex, Yoko Ono Show at The Everson Museum
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Videofreex documentation from October 9th, 1971 of a crowd celebrating the opening of the Yoko Ono retrospective exhibition, This Is Not Here, at the Everson Musem of Art in Syracuse, NY.  The Videofreex document Yoko Ono’s plane landing...

 

Collection: Videofreex Archive, Early Video Art

Tags: art history, documentation, installation, visual art