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  • The 90’s, episode 212: An Impressionistic View Of Life In Japan

    The 90’s, episode 212: An Impressionistic View Of Life In Japan

    Episode 212 of the award-winning series The 90’s. This episode is called “AN IMPRESSIONISTIC VIEW OF LIFE IN JAPAN” and features the following segments:

  • Media Burn by Ant Farm, 1975 edit

    Media Burn by Ant Farm, 1975 edit

    Original version of Ant Farm’s classic video art piece examining and satirizing the media, particularly the impact of television. On July 4, Independence Day, 1975, what a TV newscaster described as a “media circus” assembles at San Francisco’s Cow Palace Stadium. A pyramid of television sets are stacked, doused with kerosene, and set ablaze. Then a modified 1959 Cadillac El Dorado Biarritz, piloted by two drivers who are guided only by a video monitor between their bucket seats, smashes through the pyramid destroying the TV sets.

    Preceding the event are clips from various TV news broadcasts that covered it (many of the TV reporters make the comment that they “didn’t get it”). The tape includes interviews with invited guests, a speech given by Doug Hall as President John F. Kennedy explaining the message of Media Burn, the dramatic unveiling of the Phantom Dream Car, several sequences of the car smashing through the TV sets, and its triumphant return from the end of the Cow Palace parking lot.

  • [Ant Farm time capsule opening] – El Livahpla

    [Ant Farm time capsule opening] – El Livahpla

    0:00 Opening of the 1972 Ant Farm Time Capsule at The Art Guys Museum in Houston, Texas in 2000. Sound is very poorly recorded and is hard to understand. This is raw footage of the event and is not a completed piece.  After general footage of people milling around the gallery, there is a speech by  the museum archivist about the events of 1972.  Curtis Schreier, nearly naked in a bizarre costume, gets onstage and does a semi-inaudible performance. 14:00 […]

  • Image Union, episode 0210

    Image Union, episode 0210

    Compilation episode of Image Union featuring “Defense for Atomic Attack” by Allen Ross of Chicago Filmmakers, clips from “Media Burn” by Ant Farm, and “The Pope’s Visit” by Joseph McGarry.

  • Video Communication Unit

    Video Communication Unit

    A video letter from Doug Michels to Tom Weinberg documenting the Ant Farm’s tour of Australia. It begins with an onscreen introduction by Doug Michels and includes several appearances on Australian television shows, including some outrageous behavior.

  • The 90’s, pilot

    The 90’s, pilot

    Pilot for the award-winning TV series The 90’s. This episode features the following segments:

  • [Media Burn on Nightwatch]

    [Media Burn on Nightwatch]

    A partial episode of the show Nightwatch, a show where Gene Siskel presents samples of independent film and video and discusses them with callers. Tom Weinberg is a guest on the show, presenting Media Burn.

  • Slices of Chicago

    Slices of Chicago

    Compilation tape highlighting the work of the members of the Chicago Area Videomakers Coalition. The group was formed in 1977 to formally bring together Chicago’s independent videomakers to create a higher profile and bring their work to the public. This tape was first broadcast on Channel 44 on June 18, 1977, based on a commitment from general manager Ed Morris. The production of this tape made it apparent that the most pressing need in the videomaking community was editing facilities. In 1978, aided by the visibility produced by the sampler tape, the Coalition opened the Chicago Editing Center, which provided low-cost editing facilities to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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