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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Videofreex, Aldo Tambellini: Vision & Television
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This title documents the participation of artist Aldo Tambellini at the opening of the 1970 exhibition Vision and Televison. Held at the Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts from January 21st to February...

 

Collection: Videofreex Archive, Early Video Art

Tags: art history, documentation, video history

Videofreex, Rose Art Museum: Vision & Television
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This title documents events at the opening of the 1970 exhibition Vision and Televison.  Held at the Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts from January 21 - February 22, the exhibition is widely...

 

Collection: Videofreex Archive, Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: art history, video history

Videofreex, The Whitelake Woodstock Aquarian Exposition
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The Videofreex conduct first person interviews on the final day of the Woodstock festival, documenting detox efforts, clean-up logistics, and helicopter retreats. 

 

Collection: Videofreex Archive

Tags: documentation

Construction Worker's Rally
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Though this video segment bears the title Construction Workers Rally, much more than issues of labor are addressed. On May 8th of 1970, approximately two hundred demonstrating construction workers, mobilized by the New York State...

 

Collection: Videofreex Archive, Single Titles

Tags: activism, documentation, labor

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Collection: Videofreex Archive, Single Titles

Tags: music, video history