Media Burned for Digital Consumption

May 6, 2010

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In the late 1960s and early '70s a new technology emerged that got all kinds of people excited about media coverage. Video recording was relatively inexpensive compared to film. And it was portable. Suddenly lots more people could get in on the media game. Amid the atmosphere wrought by the counterculture and anti-war movement, the medium gave rise to a generation of people who felt they could change the world – one video cassette at a time. Generations later, however, that medium is beginning to fail its users as the video tape itself is starting to deteriorate. Now, an even newer form of media is heading to the rescue: digital archiving. Tom Weinberg and Sara Chapman are not only archiving old video in the new media format but giving us all online access to their collection. Weinberg is the founder of Media Burn Independent Video Archive, and Chapman is its Executive Director. 

Screening:
Representing Chicago: Experimental Video and Television at the Media Burn Archive
Tonight at 7
Film Studies Center at the University of Chicago