Wikitopia::Panel Discussion 2
Open It Up - Free as in Media Art Hystories:
Phil Morton and concepts of openness from the 1970′s to today
by Jon Cates
September 19, 2010
HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Community College
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Phil Morton (founder of the Video Area and the Video Data Bank at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago) and collaborators such as Dan Sandin (founder of the Electronic Visualization Lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago) and Jane Veeder (co-founder of the Electronic Visualization Center at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago) collaborated on realtime audio video projects that anticipated current New Media Art theorypractices, Open Source and Free Culture movements. These artists collaborated in a radical and experimental social Media Art network which also included Jamie Fenton, Larry Cuba, Ted Nelson, Tom DeFanti, Kate Horsfield, Lyn Blumenthal and Gene Youngblood. Creating projects that deeply influenced national and regional perspectives on Media Art, these Media Art Histories document alternative and playful approaches to openness in the development and distribution of Media Art. In 2007 I initiated the Phil Morton Memorial Research Archive, containing Phil Morton’s “personal video databank” of materials documenting these histories. My presentation draws from this original research in order to share and extend openings into these pasts and their futures.
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