The Early Video Project


Current Articles

Hand Held Visions: The Impossible Possibilities of Community Media: Introduction, by DeeDee Halleck.
Fordham University Press, New York, 2002. This is the Introduction only; the book itself is over 400 pages and is a compendium of 40 years of activism and teaching in community media. It is available at Amazon.

Early Video Art: A Look at a Controversial History, by David Hall.
Video artist and writer David Hall challenges some contemporary interpretations of early video art in favor of the conditions and intentions of the artists working at that time. David Hall was an early practitioner of video art in Britain as well as a prolific writer on the subject in Studio Magazine and other publications.

The Paik/Abe Synthesizer , by George Fifield.
George Fifield ( is the Curator Of Media Arts at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, Massachusetts. In addition, he is Director of Boston Cyberarts, Inc., a non-profit arts organization which is organizing the 2001 Boston Cyberarts Festival. Boston Cyberarts is at

McLuhan and Recent Art History, by Frank Gillette.
A discussion of the parallel impact of Freud on Surrealist art and McLuhan on 1960s art. Gillette was a founder of Raindance and a pathfinder in the area of video installations.

Video Journey Through Utopia, by Paul Ryan.
An essay on the importance of the utopian vision in early video. Includes a discussion of Pierre Levy's book Collective Intelligence and a brief history of Ryan's personal experiences in the early 70s relating to the topic. Ryan was a founder of Raindance and a seminal video thinker. He is now a professor at The New School.

Videospace/Interface, by Jud Yalkut.
A discussion and survey on the development of video installations. Yalkut was an important avant-garde filmmaker and critic in New York in the 60s and 70s. He now lives and works in Dayton, Ohio.


We intend to continually publish articles relating to early video topics. These can refer to any aspect of Early Video studies: history, archiving, critical writing, personal experiences. Articles will be selected on the basis of relevance to the topic, quality of writing, scholarly commitment, entertainment, etc. Student papers on early video topics are welcome, subject to these qualifications.

We cannot pay for submissions. All published submissions remain the property of the writer. This site will be a good place for new writing on early video and, owing to the quality of our viewers, will be a friendly place for writers to publish excerpts from works on which they want comment.

Articles will not "go out of print." New articles are put at the top of the list, but all articles will be listed subject to space requirements.

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