Videofreex Archive

Videofreex, one of the first video collectives, was founded in 1969 by David Cort, Curtis Ratcliff and Parry Teasdale, after David and Parry met each other, video cameras in hand, at the Woodstock Music Festival. The group soon grew to ten full-time members--including Chuck Kennedy, Nancy Cain, Skip Blumberg, Davidson Gigliotti, Carol Vontobel, Bart Friedman and Ann Woodward--and produced tapes, installations and multimedia events. In 1971 the Freex moved to a 17-room, former boarding house called Maple Tree Farm in Lanesville, NY, operating one of the earliest media centers. Their innovative programming ranged from artists' tapes and performances to behind-the-scenes coverage of national politics and alternate culture. During the decade that the Freex were together, this pioneer video group amassed an archive of 1,500+ raw tapes and edits.

The Videofreex Archive, now housed at VDB, chronicles the counter-cultural movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The titles listed here are the early results of an ongoing project to preserve and digitize important examples of this early video art collective.

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Construction Worker's Rally
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Though this video segment bears the title Construction Workers Rally, much more than issues of labor are addressed. On May 8th of 1970, approximately two hundred demonstrating construction workers, mobilized by the New York State...

 

Collection: New Releases, Videofreex Archive, Single Titles

Tags: activism, documentation, labor

Dr. Hip Pocrates
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In this tape, the Videofreex record their visit with Dr. Eugene Schoenfeld, then recognized widely for his popular medical advice column, Dear Dr. Hip Pocrates, which doled out information about sex and drugs. At the time of this session in...

 

Collection: New Releases, Videofreex Archive, Single Titles

Tags: documentation, health, journalism

Parry Teasdale: An Interview
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Parry Teasdale is one of the founding members of the video art collective Videofreex, which was active in the 1960s and 70s. In...

 

Collection: New Releases, On Art and Artists, Interviews, Videofreex Archive, Single Titles

Tags: activism, art collective, film or videomaking, media analysis, television, tv production, vdb interviews

Videofreex, Aunt Betty's Birthday Party
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Shot by Bart Friedman with the Videofreex's Tivicon camera, this tape begins in Lanesville, New York with members of the Freex collective wishing Aunt Betty a happy birthday. Later the Freex find themselves on the streets of New York City on...

 

Collection: New Releases, Videofreex Archive, Single Titles

Tags: music, video history

Videofreex, Tuned In, Turned On! Videofreex Tape the World
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Formed in 1969 at the legendary Woodstock Music Festival by David Cort and Parry Teasdale, who met while taping the events with the newly available Portapak video equipment, the Videofreex (also known as "the Freex") were one of the very first...

 

Collection: New Releases, Single Artist Compilations, Videofreex Archive, Early Video Art

Tags: activism, african-american, art collective, body, chicago art, consumer culture, feminism, film or videomaking, image processing, performance, race, state, the, technology, television, video history

Videofreex, Probably the World's Smallest TV Station...
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The town of Lanesville, NY was home to the Videofreex for more than ten years, and their house was know as "Probably the World's Smallest TV Station."  This overview details the regular activities of the collective and their work,...

 

Collection: Videofreex Archive, Single Titles

Tags: art collective, film or videomaking, humor, magic, technology, television, tv production, video history

1969 | 1:18:35
Videofreex, Subject to Change
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In early 1969, inspired by the raw energy of their Woodstock tapes, a CBS television executive named Don West commissioned the nascent Videofreex collective to produce a new kind of TV program with "contemporary relevancy" to be aimed at the...

 

Collection: New Releases, Videofreex Archive, Single Titles

Tags: art collective, film or videomaking, television, video history

1970 | 03:25
Videofreex, Sybil
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Nancy Cain interviews an upside down chin face about Women's Liberation, asking "Where do you stand on the subject?"  The chin face professes to be happy with her lot, and says she enjoys living alone with her cat.

This video was shot...

 

Collection: Videofreex Archive, Single Titles

Tags: art collective, body, feminism, gender, humor, performance

Videofreex, Shirley Clarke and the Camera
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Parry Teasdale, David Cort and Chuck Kennedy visit The Kitchen in New York looking for Shirley Clarke, and bump into Steina and Woody Vasulka who are overseeing a show in progress.  A few doors down they find Shirley in her studio, dressed...

 

Collection: New Releases, Videofreex Archive, Single Titles

Tags: art collective, artist spaces, city, experimental film, film or videomaking, future, video history