Process Video Revolution

1971 | 00:23:30 | United States | English | B&W | Mono | 4:3 | 1/2" open reel video

Collection: Videofreex Archive, Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: Documentation, Film or Videomaking, Future, History, Politics, Television

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This tape, shot in April 1971, documents the making of a WNET/13 TV show about video collectives and how they use the new video technology.

The video is a first-person video diary of Videofreex Skip Blumberg and Parry Teasdale as they crash the live TV broadcast uninvited. Shot by Blumberg, they go into an office building, which he says is the "CIA headquarters." It is actually Studio 46, a TV studio, which later became WNET/13's famed TV Lab. Various early video pioneers are in the studio discussing how they use video technology. However, there are technical problems at the TV station that prevent the show from running properly. Blumberg is repeatedly told not to tape, but continues nevertheless. There is some discussion of union issues (and a threat of violence) before he goes into the control room where a clip from a tape of a Women's Liberation demonstration is being played. The broadcasters tell him, "Half-inch isn't stable."