Our interview project is ongoing. All
the interviewees were active in the video world of the late sixties
and early seventies. We have a projected list of over 60 interviews
scheduled over the next year. As we transcribe them, we will
publish them on this site. Our interviews are conversational
in tone, wide-ranging, edited only for personal matters and rancor.
We sometimes get a little off topic, but we usually return to
the subject at hand. We hope, both the interviewees and myself,
that the informality of our dialogues will reveal something of
language and issues and mindset of the time period discussed.
Also, we include here topical interviews from other sources as
well as ourselves.
Shirley Clarke Interview
by DeeDee Halleck
Halleck interviewed Shirley Clark at
her home in the Chelsea Hotel in 1985. Ms. Halleck is currently
engaged in a book project, the working title of which is: Hand
Held Visions: The Uses of Community Media. It will be published
by Fordham University Press.
John Reilly Interview:
John Reilly was, with Rudi Stern and
Ira Schneider, a founder of Global Village, a video collective
and video school. Schneider left to join Raindance in December
Rudi Stern Interview: Parts
1 & 2.
Rudi Stern came to video through light
shows. With Jackie Cassen he operated the Theater of Light, which
gave many peformances in New York and around the country. He
joined Global Village in 1969 and left in 1972.
Les Levine Interview: Part
Artist Les Levine began with video in
1964, and discusses early video, his views on video art, television
Peter Bradley Interview:
Peter Bradley was head of Film, TV-Media,
and Literature Department of the New York State Council on the
Arts when it began its significant support of early video. It
is not far fetched to call him the architect of video and video-art
funding. Though he worked at NYSCA, his program was the model
for many throughout the country.
Andy Mann Interview
Like many early video artists Andy Mann
didn't do just one thing. He lugged and plugged at Global Village,
handed out Portapaks at NYU, and was on hand participating in
some interesting and seminal video events. In the meantime he
produced some memorable video pieces. He was an excellent cameraman,
capturing images, on occasion, that Antonioni would have been
proud to call his own. He died of pancreatic cancer early in
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