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  • Media Burn

    Excerpt from a 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. Under the credits there is video of the burning television sets and participants throwing TV’s at the fire. Continue reading

  • [The 90’s raw: Stanley Tigerman]

    [The 90’s raw: Stanley Tigerman]

    Raw tape for the award-winning series The 90’s. Interview with Chicago architect Stanley Tigerman, widely considered a maverick and an outsider in the architectural community, plus some footage of Chicago architecture. Continue reading

  • Image Union, episode 0503

    Image Union, episode 0503

    Compilation episode of Image Union featuring the work of Mike Tracy, Jay Miracle, and Davidson Gigliotti. Tracy’s “Backabout” is a film shown in reverse for comedic effect; Miracle’s “Any Family” is a documentary about a family who raises circus animals; and Gigliotti’s “Risk” is a performance piece. Continue reading

  • [The 90’s raw: Anthony Hughes]

    [The 90’s raw: Anthony Hughes]

    Raw footage for the award-winning series The 90’s. Fred Bridges visits artist Anthony Hughes in the notorious housing project Cabrini Green. “Cabrini Green is my home. It’s always been my home. When most people think of Cabrini Green, they think of the drugs and the crime and every other negative thing you can think of. When I think of about it, I think about all the wonderful people who have meant so much to me in my life. …I’m an artist, and what I try to do is to share these people with the world, so that they’ll see that Cabrini Green is more than just the images you see in the media, but is real people. So through my art I try to share these real people with other real people.” He shows us his realistic charcoal drawings of Cabrini Green residents. Continue reading

  • Image Union, episode 0504

    Image Union, episode 0504

    Compilation episode of Imgae Union featuring the work of artists Paul Snajdr, Davidson Gigliotti, and Robert Millman. The latter two artists produced surreal art pieces for the episode. Continue reading

  • [The 90’s raw: Checkerboard Lounge, Van Gogh auction]

    [The 90’s raw: Checkerboard Lounge, Van Gogh auction]

    Raw footage for the award-winning series The 90’s. The first half of the tape is from the Checkerboard Lounge on February 28, 1991. Angio relaxes and talks to patrons in the famous blues club Checkerboard Lounge on Chicago’s South Side. The exposure is pretty bad so faces don’t register well. The second half is tape of Van Gogh auction on March 10, 1991. Joe Angio goes to an auction house in Chicago where a recently discovered Vincent Van Gogh painting is being sold. Artist Tony Fitzpatrick accompanies him, interviews people attending the show and does some commentary of his own. “This isn’t about art, it’s about money. It seems like money can buy culture.” The painting sells for $1,300,000. Continue reading

  • 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. Continue reading