EZTV VIDEO TRANSFER OPENS AT USC ONE ARCHIVES

March 14, 2014

 

March 15 – June 1, 2014

 

ONE Archives Gallery & Museum

626 North Robertson Boulevard

West Hollywood, CA 90069

 

Screening and opening reception: Saturday, March 15, 2014

Screening, 5-6:30pm; Reception, 6:30-9pm

 

Find information on additional programs in conjunction with this exhibition below.

 

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives presents EZTV: Video Transfer at the ONE Archives Gallery & Museum, an exhibition and screening series exploring the history of EZTV; a pioneering video space founded in West Hollywood in 1979. Perhaps the country’s first micro-cinema exclusively dedicated to video, EZTV was both a screening venue and production house. Through the exhibition, accompanying screenings and public discussions, EZTV: Video Transfer looks to excavate how the space supported queer video, as well as, more generally, its involvement with alternative video practices, performance, art, and community-building.

 

While EZTV was not a queer identified space in name or mission, many of the early members produced queer video projects reflecting the wide diversity of possibilities the newly accessible medium of video facilitated. These included campy shorts, feature-length narratives and documentaries, and experimental video installations among numerous other projects that often would not have had a context to be seen outside of EZTV.

 

Explaining the space’s aesthetic vision during the 1980's, co-founder Michael J. Masucci explained, “We get criticized for too much diversity but we take our cue from television: programming as opposed to curating.” Whereas other art venues exploring video at the time, such as the Long Beach Museum of Art, were oriented to gallery viewing, EZTV emphasized cinema-style screenings of often wildly divergent interests. For example, within a single week the space might screen a political documentary, EZTV’s long-running science fiction show Hour 25, T. Jankowski’s psycho-sexual shorts on obsession, or Jamie Walter’s campy portrait of the artist Louise Nevelson. Additionally, early EZTV invested in documenting and screening live performances, such as actor and playwright Michael KearnsThe Truth Is Bad Enough (1983), which would be videotaped by EZTV and then screened at the space on multiple-occasions.

 

Into the 1980's, EZTV’s programming increasingly blurred distinctions between video, performance, visual art, and digital media. EZTV gained prominence in the 1990's as a hotbed for experimentation with early digital art, computer graphics, and large-scale projections. The exhibition and screening series strives to reflect this dedication to experimentation and openness.

 

The exhibition at the ONE Gallery features video and archival documents exploring the space’s trajectory during its time in West Hollywood. This includes documents and videos by EZTV’s founder John Dorr, who produced possibly the world’s first feature-length videotape, Sudzall Does It All (1979); sketches and notes by Dorr about unrealized projects such as an imagined alternative TV station KGAY; flyers and other archival materials related to the dark and hilarious EZTV hit Blonde Death (1984) by James Dillinger (aka author James Baker); abstract video works by EZTV’s artistic director James Williams; video documentation of a performance by the late Frank Moore, whose work tackled eroticism and disability; documentation of a performance by Chicano artist Luis Alfaro; video footage of private performances by Johanna Went; and documentation of a re-staging of plays by Shakespeare organized by punk musician and artist Tomata du Plenty; among numerous others.

 

 

 

The schedule for the five already programmed events is as follows:

 

(more to be added throughout the year)

 

Programs

 

“The EZTV Eye” Screening & EZTV: Video Transfer Opening Reception

Saturday, March 15, 2014

 

Screening: The EZTV Eye, 5-6:30pm

West Hollywood City Council Chambers

625 North San Vicente Boulevard

West Hollywood, CA 90069

 

Opening Reception: EZTV: Video Transfer, 6:30-9pm

ONE Archives Gallery & Museum

626 North Robertson Boulevard

West Hollywood, CA 90069

 

A presentation of short video projects screened or produced at EZTV in conjunction with the opening of EZTV: Video Transfer.

 

I Want My EZTV

March 25, 2014, 7:30

 

The Cinefamily

611 North Fairfax Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90036

 

$12 ticket / free for Cinefamily members. Purchase tickets here.

 

A screening of EZTV’s first hit Blonde Death and the only surviving episode of EZTV’s in-house soap opera Faculty Wives, as well as other videos from the EZTV archives. Presented as a part of TV Tuesdays at The Cinefamily.

 

Computer Love: Digital Art in West Hollywood

Tuesday, April 15, 2013

 

Reception: 6:30-7:30pm

Discussion: 7:30-9:30pm

West Hollywood City Council Chambers

625 North San Vicente Boulevard

West Hollywood, CA 90069

 

A panel discussion exploring the intersecting histories of EZTV and LA ACM SIGGRAPH, and the history of computer art in Southern California.

 

 

 

ONE Night: EZTV, LA ACM SIGGRAPH, and Digital Art in West Hollywood

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 8-11pm

 

West Hollywood Park

647 North San Vicente Boulevard

West Hollywood, CA 90069

 

An evening of performance and large-scale digital projections celebrating EZTV’s relationship to digital art practice in West Hollywood.

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