2/3/22: Virtual Talks with Video Activists: Dean and Dudley Evenson

A virtual/screening discussion with early video pioneers Dean and Dudley Evenson.

A full replay of the February 3rd event.

On Thursday, February 3rd, at 6 pm Central Time, Media Burn Archive will host video pioneers Dean and Dudley Evenson for a virtual screening and discussion of their retrospective film The Story of the Soundings of the Planet. The event will be moderated by video scholar Peter Sachs Collopy.

Dean and Dudley Evenson are video pioneers who became immersed in the half-inch scene when in 1970 they happened to purchase the first AV Series Sony video portapack sold in Manhattan. They became members of the Raindance video group and co-edited Radical Software, working under grants from New York State Council on the Arts. They taught video to high school students through the Arts Awareness Program at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Dean was the first person to hook up a half-inch video deck to the Sterling Manhattan Cable system paving the way for Public Access Television. They also ran Downsville TV in upstate New York where they would video local people and events and drive their VW Van to a telephone pole where they plugged into the cable head end and transmitted their weekly programs. During the 1970s, Dean and Dudley lived and traveled the country in a converted school bus documenting what they called ‘the emerging consciousness.’ They created hundreds of half-inch videos which they have been archiving and releasing on their Soundings Mindful Media YouTube Channel.

Dean and Dudley became involved with Native American issues when they went to the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm in 1972. Stewart Brand of the Whole Earth Catalogue had sent over 15 Native Americans to speak on behalf of the planet. The following year, Dean was called out to South Dakota to document the Wounded Knee occupation.

In 1979, after years of making video with very little distribution options, Dean and Dudley founded their record label Soundings of the Planet with a mission of sharing Peace Through Music. They have produced over 90 albums and videos and continue to make music that heals and uplifts. Their nature music videos can be seen on their Soundings of the Planet YouTube channel. They also have a new lifestyle channel called Dean & Dudley Living Dreams.

The best way to reach them is through their website www.soundings.com. Their music is streaming on all platforms. Search their names to listen and learn more.


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Peter Sachs Collopy is an historian, archivist, and curator of American science, technology, and media.

His research project “The Revolution Will Be Videotaped” is a network history of experimental videographers who collaborated across the fields of art, psychotherapy, and politics in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It is also a history of the resources videographers drew on, both material and intellectual, including the technology of electromagnetic recording, the practice of mediated self-observation, the metaphysics of collective consciousness, the cybernetic reformation of technological utopianism, and the discourse of ethereality. He has published on video synthesizers, electronic photography, and Catholicism in video art.




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