Virtual Talks with Video Activists: Ira Schneider

Join Media Burn Archive for a digital screening and discussion of the radical power that video can have in enacting social change.

UPDATE: You can watch Ira’s compilation, “Comic Relief”, in the Media Burn Archive at this link. Be sure to sign up for our mailing list to be notified of future Media Burn events.

July 2, 2020 – 10am PT / 12pm CT / 1pm ET / 7pm CET

Free, hour-long screening and discussion

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The power of video to create social change has never been as visible as in the past few weeks. Media Burn Archive is proud to announce a new screening and discussion series featuring pioneers of video art and activism. 

On July 2nd, the series will begin with video artist Ira Schneider. We’ll be hosting more videomakers in the following weeks, including Eleanor Boyer and Tom Weinberg. Join us on Zoom for a screening of Ira’s works and a discussion with the filmmaker himself.

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Ira Schneider, left.

In 1970, Ira Schneider joined the Raindance Corporation alongside Frank Gillette, Michael Shamberg, and several others. As a “cultural think tank”, Raindance sought to investigate the power of video within a society, especially to disseminate factual information about global warming and political greed. Like any good “think tank”, Raindance produced a deep catalog of visual and written media. Raindance was responsible for publishing the Radical Software periodical, which collected and disseminated factual information that was otherwise ignored or overlooked by mainstream media institutions.

In 1976, Mr. Schneider again partnered with Beryl Korot to edit Video Art: An Anthology using media and ideas from Raindance and dozens of independent artists. Video Art continues to serve as one of the original self-contained explorations of video as an art form. Another of Mr. Schneider’s works, “Night Light TV”, ran from 1983 to 1993. It consisted of 60 one-hour programs showcasing video art curated by Mr. Schneider and Russ Johnson. It was one of the first televised series on video art.

Projects like these illustrate the formative role that Mr. Schneider has had in creating video as we know it today, especially in terms of the power that it has over our societies and cultures. 

Between 2014 and 2018 Mr. Schneider published photography and comedy focused books, including “Enjoying Depression”. He has lived in Berlin since 1993, and continues to explore the power and potential of video as an art form.

Ira will be screening and discussing a 45 minute compilation of works from the 1960s and 1970s, among some more recent video works.

  • The Fourth of July in Saugerties 1973 
  • I’d Rather Be Half Right Than Vice President (1968) 
  • Tex-Mex (1975)
  • The World Trade Center (1989)
  • Nam June Paik is Eating Sushi in South Beach (Miami, Florida) (1998)
  • A Small Fly Eyeing a Dab of Coconut Cream (2017)
  • Schneider Marries His SONYa (1999)
  • H2O #3.5 (2008)
  • Breaking News: An Information Collage (2017)
  • 200 Years In The Remaking (2014)

Follow the link below to sign up for the screening and discussion, which will both be hosted in the same Zoom session.

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