Peter Sachs Collopy

Video Revolution: A Photocomic

This is an in-progress window into my research on experimental video in the years around 1970.

Photograph by George Adams, from Guerrilla Television
In the late 1960s,
video recorders became portable.
TV Buddha by Nam June Paik, 1974
They left the television studio
for the artist’s studio,
Photograph from Videotape Techniques in Psychiatric Training and Treatment
the psychiatric hospital,
Mayday Realtime, 1971
and the streets.

Photograph from Guerrilla Television
Unlike the optical medium of film
with its photographic frames,
Photograph from Guerrilla Television
video was recorded electronically
on magnetic tape.
Photograph from Videotape Techniques in Psychiatric Training and Treatment
It could be replayed immediately,

“U.S.C. Piece May ’70 Environmental Performance by C. Bensinger,” photograph from Radical Software 1, no. 2
or even screened live.