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, Tuned In, Turned On! Videofreex Tape the World
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Formed in 1969 at the legendary Woodstock Music Festival by David Cort and Parry Teasdale, who met while taping the events with the newly available Portapak video equipment, the Videofreex (also known as "the Freex") were one of the very first video...

 

Collection: Single Artist Compilations, Videofreex Archive, Early Video Art

Tags: activism, african-american, art collective, body, chicago art, consumer culture, feminism, film or videomaking, image processing, performance, race, state, the, technology, television, video history

1970 | 03:25
Videofreex, Sybil
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Nancy Cain interviews an upside down chin face about Women's Liberation, asking "Where do you stand on the subject?"  The chin face professes to be happy with her lot, and says she enjoys living alone with her cat. This video was shot in the...

 

Collection: Videofreex Archive, Single Titles

Tags: art collective, body, feminism, gender, humor, performance

Videofreex, Shirley Clarke and the Camera
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Parry Teasdale, David Cort and Chuck Kennedy visit The Kitchen in New York looking for Shirley Clarke, and bump into Steina and Woody Vasulka who are overseeing a show in progress.  A few doors down they find Shirley in her studio, dressed in...

 

Collection: Videofreex Archive, Single Titles

Tags: art collective, artist spaces, city, experimental film, film or videomaking, future, video history

1972 | 04:40
Videofreex, Soup in Cup
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A Japanese Kabuki-influenced performance piece, shot in the woods in Winter. A masked woman emerges from a snowy forest and approaches a stone dwelling, where another woman is waiting.  The pair enact a tea ceremony in silence.  In the...

 

Collection: Videofreex Archive, Single Titles

Tags: art collective, film or videomaking, image processing, performance, ritual

1971 | 04:20
Videofreex, Mes and Youse
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A wonderful and humorous example of early image processing, Parry Teasdale and Carol Vontobel perform to camera as their faces are morphed together, forming an image of one person. 

 

Collection: Videofreex Archive, Single Titles

Tags: art collective, film or videomaking, humor, image processing, performance, technology

1970 | 02:35
Videofreex, Money
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Taped on Prince Street in Soho, New York, Skip Blumberg creates a one-word performance.  Shouting the word "Money" over and over, he attracts the attentions of New York's finest. 

 

Collection: Videofreex Archive, Single Titles

Tags: art collective, city, consumer culture, crime or violence, culture jamming, film or videomaking, performance, politics, technology, video history

1971 | 16:30
Videofreex, Rome N.Y.
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A look at the town of Rome N.Y., including an arts panel visit to the Art and Community Center.

 

Collection: Videofreex Archive, Single Titles

Tags: art collective, artist spaces, portrait

Videofreex, Circo dell'Arte (Circus Arts)
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A troupe of male and female jugglers and musicians perform for a growing crowd in Central Park, New York, led by Hovey Burgess and Judy Finelli.  The sun is shining, and the troupe are skilful, playful, and flirtatious. 

 

Collection: Videofreex Archive, Single Titles

Tags: body, city, love, music, performance

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A two-part study of the self-sustaining lifestyle of a communal farm in Vermont. 

 

Collection: Videofreex Archive, Single Titles

Tags: animals, art collective, consumer culture, environment, family, food, labor, landscape, nature, youth/childhood