• Synthesis: Processing and Collaboration

    Synthesis: Processing and Collaboration

    A look at the work of Chicago-based pioneers of image processing, Dan Sandin, Phil Morton, Tom DeFanti, and Jane Veeder, as well as sound processing by Mimi Shevitz and other works created by the Sandin Image Processor. Continue reading

     
  • The Hypercube Projections & Slicing + others

    The Hypercube Projections & Slicing + others

    This tape features two distinct pieces: “Hypercube Projects” and “This Is Early Bird.” At the end of the video there are a series of loading screens and LANDSAT images of San Francisco Bay and the Seattle area. “Hypercube” is an instructional video that describes geometrical transformations–rotations, projections, and slicings–within two, three, and four-dimensional space. The catalog contains a full transcription of the narration. “This Is Early Bird” was produced for CBS as part of a documentary/educational show about Intelsat1, the world’s first commercial communications satellite. The show also includes basic educational introductions about how geosynchronous satellites function and enter their orbits. Continue reading

     
  • Vito Marzullo

    Vito Marzullo

    A portrait of Chicago’s 25th ward alderman, Vito Marzullo, who is described as “the last of the old time machine politicians.” It chronicles the workings of Marzullo’s ward, Chicago’s city hall, and politics in general within the Chicago Democratic “machine.” This piece also provides insight into Marzullo’s family life with his wife of 65 years, Letiza. Continue reading

     
  • Know Your Enemy – Japan

    Know Your Enemy – Japan

    Part of the Global Perspectives on War and Peace Collection. A WWII U.S. War Department orientation film using racist, anti-Japanese propaganda techniques. The film gives a brief history of Japan, and an overview of Japanese social, military, and political culture, with the ultimate goal of explaining that the whole  Japanese culture is designed to create soldiers bent on world domination. It uses typical War Department technique of narration over newsreel and stock footage, and dramatic re-enactments. Continue reading

     
  • [Ephemeral Films : selected layoffs]

    [Ephemeral Films : selected layoffs]

    Instructional films from the 1940s and 50s. Some are merely humorously outdated, others are downright horrifying — particularly one that concludes that mechanized laundry machines are the best example of women’s liberation in this century. Most deal with dating. Old Chicago footage with streetcars in last segment. Continue reading

     
  • Sept 11th: Reflections on a Changed America

    Sept 11th: Reflections on a Changed America

    This is a video of a nearly two-hour panel discussion entitled, “September 11th: Reflections on a Changed America.” Taped at the Chicago Historical Society shortly after the September 11th attacks, a group of academics, historians, and journalists discuss the after effects of the attacks. Continue reading

     
 

Recent Media Burn Archive blogs

  • War and Peace: Gulf War Protests, 1990-91

    War and Peace: Gulf War Protests, 1990-91

    The US has once again declared war in the Middle East. To some, it may feel like history is repeating itself. We’ve gone to the archives to pull out a collection of anti-war protests from the Gulf War. These are pleas from nearly 25 years ago that still apparently remain unheeded. You can watch the full “Anti-War Tapes” episode of The 90’s or explore more of our Global Perspectives on War and Peace Collection at Media Burn. Be there for … Continue reading

  • Sneak peek at the site of the Media Burn Video Ball

    Sneak peek at the site of the Media Burn Video Ball

    Here’s the spot where you and your friends will be on September 28! WHAT: Media Burn 10th Anniversary Video Ball WHERE: rooftop/tenth floor, Wabash-Randolph parking garage (20 E. Randolph) ADMISSION: $75 advance, $100 at the door, $25 for attendees under 25. Buy your tickets today! entertainment coordinated by Paul Durica and Nick Fraccaro delicious food by Sauce and Bread Kitchen beer/wine courtesy of Haymarket Brewery and Nisei Lounge. THE HOST COMMITTEE Co-Chairs: Thea Flaum & Robert Hill * Gordon Quinn … Continue reading

 

newest videos

  • [1996 Democratic National Convention]

    00:00 Vietnam veterans speak at a ceremony held at Veterans Memorial Park along the Chicago Riverwalk, commemorating combat deaths and POWs from August 26-28, 1968. Their speeches center around the idea that these deaths have been overshadowed by the protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, and draw attention to the persistent problems of PTSD and homelessness among Vietnam veterans. 11:25 Girls in traditional Vietnamese dresses place white flowers in the Vietnam Veterans Reflection Pool while the names of fallen … Continue reading

  • [Joan Jett Blakk announces candidacy]

    00:00 Blakk hosts a press conference at an Ann Sathers, and fields questions from supporters and journalists. 01:08 The audience asks who Blakk will choose as a running mate. “We’re working on that. I’ll need a woman–a woman from not this part of the country, so it’s not too regional. But we’re looking.” 09:51 Joan Jett Blakk mingles with supporters over champagne and birthday cake. 13:33 Bill Stamets interviews a man wearing a “Joan Jett Blakk for President” pin. “We’ve … Continue reading

  • Studs Tells Why It’s “Labor Day”

    Studs Tells Why It’s “Labor Day”

    For many, Labor Day marks the end of summer, the beginning of a new football season, and a new school year. For others, though, it’s a powerful day of solidarity and remembrance. In this video, edited together from several sources over the years, Studs tells a story about a confrontation he had with a well-to-do couple that claimed to loathe labor unions. It’s an entertaining story he clearly relishes, but it also touches on the history of labor in the … Continue reading

  • Libertarian Sci-Fi: Tape 2

    00:00 Short scenes from “World Science Fiction”, a libertarian-themed sci fi pageant put on at the Libertarian National Convention. 17:25 Don Ernsberger, a member of the Libertarian National Committee, talks to Bill Stamets about the significance of the convention being broadcast on CSPAN for the first time. “Personally, I see the next ten years to be a period of time where the Libertarian party catches on with the American people.” 19:53 Ernsberger explains how American politics favors a two-party model. … Continue reading

  • Joan Jett Blakk: Queer Nation’s Candidate for President, 1992

    01:41 Joan Jett Blakk introduces herself to the camera. “We started this campaign by running for mayor of Chicag0. Since there were no other queer candidates, I won!” 03:24 “We had the New Deal president, we had the Great Society president…I’m going to be the Beauty president.” 05:22 “The whole government is such a closed-shop affair…everyone has a voice, when I get elected.” 06:08 Jett Blakk talks about party-line politicians. “Republicans and Democrats–I think they’re all the same, myself. That’s … Continue reading

  • [Lamar Alexander, Phil Gramm campaign raw]

    00:00 Volunteers set up a breakfast buffet for campaign supporters. Reporters interview a man in line about changes to the Iowa Caucus. 02:01 Press conference with Lamar Alexander. Alexander puts on an apron and serves breakfast to supporters. 04:52 Alexander addresses supporters and talks about the importance of the Iowa Caucus amid the controversy of shifting primary dates. “There’s a little sideshow going on down in Louisiana today, which is nothing more than a media event which is designed to … Continue reading

  • Chicago architect Stanley Tigerman talks about his reputation as an “enfant terrible”

    Chicago architect Stanley Tigerman talks about his reputation as an “enfant terrible”

    Stanley Tigerman’s work can be seen all over the city of Chicago, and in various locations across the globe, but right now his work is also on display at the Art Institute of Chicago’s “Architecture to Scale” exhibit. Tigerman, who won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Institute of Architects Chicago last October, designed such buildings as the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago. However, he might be even better … Continue reading

  • El Crucero

    00:08 Opening credits. 01:29 The first segment, “Reyna Flores”, begins. She explains that she began working on a farm at age 22, when her mother passed away. She built a house for herself and her child out of materials from demolished buildings on the farm. 04:05 “Now I’m a little better off because my man and I work together,” Flores says. “If I just sat around at home depending on a man’s salary, I could never make it. We’d have … Continue reading