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  • Nixon Resigns: The Legacy of Impeachment

    Nixon Resigns: The Legacy of Impeachment

    August 8, 1974.  It was a different world, a different president and an unprecedented American crisis.  That was the night Richard Nixon sat in the Oval Office and made the surprise announcement that he was resigning as President of the United States. Some independent video producers obtained a videotape recorded in the moments before the speech.  It was the European pool feed, never intended for broadcast: a rare glimpse into the curation and production of a president’s image. We think … Continue reading

  • [Howard Zinn raw #20: Zinn and Studs Terkel examine the state of news media]

    [Howard Zinn raw #20: Zinn and Studs Terkel examine the state of news media]

    Second half of a conversation between Howard Zinn and Studs Terkel in Berkeley, California. They discuss their careers, the difficulty of challenging political consensus in the United States, and field questions from audience members. Continue reading

  • Nixon resigns, August 8, 1974

    Nixon resigns, August 8, 1974

    Forty years ago today, Richard Nixon resigned as President of the United States. Millions tuned in to his televised address to see what Nixon had to say about his presidency and his reasons for resigning. What they didn’t see was the seven minutes of the television pool feed before Nixon went live. It’s a fascinating counterpoint to the gravity of the event and a unique look at Nixon’s mindset at this defining moment of his career. The video also includes … Continue reading

  • Essential election viewing: Brian Springer’s Spin (1995)

    Essential election viewing: Brian Springer’s Spin (1995)

    In the early ’90s, media artist Brian Springer learned that, with a home satellite dish, it was possible to pick up and record the raw satellite feeds created by the TV networks. These parallel feeds included the behind-the-scenes signals sent to the TV shows’ control rooms but not intended for broadcast, such as talk show sets during commercial breaks or people waiting to be patched in to an interview with a news anchor. Springer recorded these feeds throughout the 1992 … Continue reading

  • Media Burn by Ant Farm, 2003 edit

    Media Burn by Ant Farm, 2003 edit

    A recent edit (2003) 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. Continue reading

  • [The 90’s Election Specials raw: Paul Tsongas at Harper High School, part 2]

    [The 90’s Election Specials raw: Paul Tsongas at Harper High School, part 2]

    Raw footage for The 90’s election specials. A continuation of Skip Blumberg’s footage of Senator Paul Tsongas’ visit to Harper High School on the South Side of Chicago. Tsongas signs autographs and talks to select students and teachers, and also answers a few questions from Skip Blumberg. Continue reading

  • [Dee Dee Halleck on Marshall McLuhan]

    Dee Dee Halleck takes a look back at Marshall McLuhan’s theories and their widespread worship by her generation. She speaks her thoughts straight to the camera, like a personal dialogue with the viewer. She says that upon further reflection, McLuhan’s theories were actually very dangerous. “Those of us who know, who’ve worked with portable camcorders, we know that it’s not easy…that we’re busting our balls to change the world.” Continue reading

  • [The 90’s Election Specials raw: Paul Tsongas at Harper High School]

    [The 90’s Election Specials raw: Paul Tsongas at Harper High School]

    Raw footage for The 90’s election specials. Sen. Paul Tsongas visits Harper High School, a predominately African-American school on the South Side of Chicago. This footage was shot by a student from Harper High as part of the official school coverage, and then dubbed by Skip Blumberg, who also taped the event. Continue reading