The Revolution (will not be) Televised
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The Revolution (will not be) Televised

"You will not be able to stay at home, brother, because the revolution will not be televised: the revolution will be live."
(Gill Scott Heron sings The Revolution will not be Televised, 1974)

This symposium brings together a historical and political narrative whose fundamental myth is located in the appearance of portable video equipment and the effervescence of new decentralized modes of communication in the 1970s. We might understand this moment as one in which a new (counter) informative "paradigm" emerges in the fields of communication and the arts. This paradigm is rooted in specific conceptual art practices and institutional critique as well as in the countercultural and anti-institutional events related to the struggles of ‘68. With this new paradigm there began innovative practices that experimented with the communicative dimension for interpolating and contributing to the confirmation of new social and political subjects.

During the subsequent two decades, these experiences from the 70s nurtured the new territory of independent television (Paper Tiger TV, Deep Dish TV...), encouraged certain artistic "time-based" practices, and served as precedent for later communicative experiments, from local television via cable to «tactical media».

Part of this formidable legacy of activist and decentralized communication is most recently figured in the guerilla tactics of communication and of semiotics as well as in those communicative experiences occurring with the rise of the global movement and the social movements of the last generation. These develop communicative practices and artifacts indissociable from new subjectivities: media-activism, the Indymedia network, and the large specter of the recent experiences of independent radio, television and the web.

PARTICIPANTS

Carles Ameller is Professor of Film, Video and Electronic Art at the Fine Arts faculty of the Universitat of Barcelona. He was a member of the collective Video-Nou / Servei de Vídeo Comunitari and has published diverse texts on independent video, art and communication media.

Franco Berardi "Bifo", philosopher, is a distinguished participant and analyst of the Italian "77 movement." Co-founder of the Rekombinant website, his books in Spanish include: La fábrica de la infelicidad. Nuevas formas de trabajo y movimiento global and forthcoming: Telestreet: máquina imaginativa no homologada and El sabio, el mercader y el guerrero.

Dee Dee Halleck is co-founder of the alternative television stations Paper Tiger TV and Deep Dish TV, as well as a collaborator in Indymedia from Seattle. She is an important reference for the history of alternative artistic/activist media in the United States.

Naomi Klein, Canadian, is a journalist, author of No Logo and Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Front Line of the Globalization Debate. Her texts and interventions regularly appear in all forms of communication and academic media and are disseminated both in activist circles and through social movements.

Avi Lewis is a journalist on Canadian public television and a documentalist. Director, in collaboration with Naomi Klein, of the film Ex-propiedad, which was realized in the period between the popular insurrections if 2001 and the most recent Argentine elections.

This symposium is articulated in relation to the research project "1969--... Some hypothesis on artistic and political practices in the Spanish state," which takes place within the frame of Disagreements: On art, policy and the public sphere in Spain, a collaborative project between Arteleku (San Sebastián), the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (Barcelona), and the Universidad Internacional de Andalucía UNIA (Sevilla).

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“You will not be able to stay at home, brother, because the revolution will not be televised: the revolution will be live.”
(Gill Scott Heron sings The Revolution will not be Televised, 1974)

This symposium brings together a historical and political narrative whose fundamental myth is located in the appearance of portable video equipment and the effervescence of new decentralized modes of communication in the 1970s. We might understand this moment as one in which a new (counter) informative “paradigm” emerges in the fields of communication and the arts. This paradigm is rooted in specific conceptual art practices and institutional critique as well as in the countercultural and anti-institutional events related to the struggles of ‘68. With this new paradigm there began innovative practices that experimented with the communicative dimension for interpolating and contributing to the confirmation of new social and political subjects.

During the subsequent two decades, these experiences from the 70s nurtured the new territory of independent television (Paper Tiger TV, Deep Dish TV…), encouraged certain artistic “time-based” practices, and served as precedent for later communicative experiments, from local television via cable to «tactical media».

Part of this formidable legacy of activist and decentralized communication is most recently figured in the guerilla tactics of communication and of semiotics as well as in those communicative experiences occurring with the rise of the global movement and the social movements of the last generation. These develop communicative practices and artifacts indissociable from new subjectivities: media-activism, the Indymedia network, and the large specter of the recent experiences of independent radio, television and the web.

PARTICIPANTS

Carles Ameller is Professor of Film, Video and Electronic Art at the Fine Arts faculty of the Universitat of Barcelona. He was a member of the collective Video-Nou / Servei de Vídeo Comunitari and has published diverse texts on independent video, art and communication media.

Franco Berardi “Bifo”, philosopher, is a distinguished participant and analyst of the Italian “77 movement.” Co-founder of the Rekombinant website, his books in Spanish include: La fábrica de la infelicidad. Nuevas formas de trabajo y movimiento global and forthcoming: Telestreet: máquina imaginativa no homologada and El sabio, el mercader y el guerrero.

Dee Dee Halleck is co-founder of the alternative television stations Paper Tiger TV and Deep Dish TV, as well as a collaborator in Indymedia from Seattle. She is an important reference for the history of alternative artistic/activist media in the United States.

Naomi Klein, Canadian, is a journalist, author of No Logo and Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Front Line of the Globalization Debate. Her texts and interventions regularly appear in all forms of communication and academic media and are disseminated both in activist circles and through social movements.

Avi Lewis is a journalist on Canadian public television and a documentalist. Director, in collaboration with Naomi Klein, of the film Ex-propiedad, which was realized in the period between the popular insurrections if 2001 and the most recent Argentine elections.

This symposium is articulated in relation to the research project “1969–… Some hypothesis on artistic and political practices in the Spanish state,” which takes place within the frame of Disagreements: On art, policy and the public sphere in Spain, a collaborative project between Arteleku (San Sebastián), the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (Barcelona), and the Universidad Internacional de Andalucía UNIA (Sevilla).

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dates
30 April 2004
price
Free admitance. Limited seating. Simoultaneous translation service.
title
The Revolution (will not be) Televised
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