Saturday Morning Serial: Videofreex

Feb 07, 2015: 9am- 12pm
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A local radio show about local radio waves. First, at 9 a.m., comes "Radio Rewind," 45 minutes or so of the week in local radio remixed. This week, children and Videofreex on the radio. Joshua Fried remixes NYC radio live from Brooklyn on Hudson Valley radio at 10:30 a.m. At 11 a.m., tune in to more of the Videofreex story ahead of the exhibition "Videofreex: The Art of Guerrilla Television," which will be on view at the Dorsky Museum of Arts at SUNY New Paltz February 7 - July 12, 2015. The exhibition surveys the history and mythology of the Videofreex, a collective of artists, storytellers, and activists who produced and disseminated alternative media across New York and other U.S. communities during the 1970s. They lived in Greene County in the early 1970s and produced Lanesville TV, perhaps the first pirate television station in the United States. The Videofreex exploited the new technology of portable video as an emerging medium for creative expression and as a democratic tool for disseminating independent points of view in a pre-digital age. By establishing the first pirate television station in the United States, the Videofreex created a base for media education and training, and an informal media art center hosting local and international visitors. Curator Andrew Ingall previews the exhibition, and Parry Teasdale, who now edits "The Columbia Paper" talks to Victor Mendolia, Deborah Gilbery and Debby Mayer on "@Issue" on WGXC about his days in the Videofreex where, reportedly he wrote the essay on guerrilla broadcasting in Abbie Hoffman's "Steal This Book."