Whitney Kimball, Vox Populi's third AUX Curatorial Fellow, presents "Schmart World," a series of programming that celebrates and examines the rough and incandescent world of radical collective making.
For the third program of the "Schmart World" series, Whitney Kimball presents "The Videofreex Pirate TV" and a Q&A with Skip Blumberg and Nancy Cain.
In 1969, hoping to get an inside scoop on the youth culture, CBS assigned a group of young video artists who'd just met at Woodstock, and who called themselves "the Videofreex," to document their travels across the country. A few months later, to the dismay of the network, the collective returned with raw footage of interviews with radical movement leaders like Yippie Abbie Hoffman, Black Panther Fred Hampton, legendary Bay Area radio station Ksan, a progressive school, and avant-garde performance artists. Their resulting pilot, Subject to Change, never aired on CBS, but the group stayed together and built an underground TV station. In 1971, the 10-plus Videofreex moved the whole operation upstate to Lanesville, NY, where they launched the world's first low-power unlicensed pirate TV station.
On October 10, Whitney Kimball will present a variety of short clips from Subject to Change, Lanesville TV, and a melange of footage from Woodstock, the streets of Chicago, and New York City. Rated R for drugs, nudity, strong language, and radical politics. Broadcasts will be followed by a Q&A with Videofreex members Skip Blumberg and Nancy Cain.
The AUX Curatorial Fellowships have been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
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