Radical Software, Volume II, Number
Video and Environment, Winter 1973
Click cover for thumbnails
The late Chilean-American artist Juan Downey, Ira Schneider,
and Frank Gillette dominate the early pages of this
number, as they do the cover photograph, looking out
of a tent, probably at Ruby, New York. Korot is there,
too, at the extreme left. The slightly obscure and oblique
head with the large hair belongs to Andy Mann, a friend
to the others and a significant video artist in his
own right. He, too, is deceased. The others are Juan's
wife Marilise, her son and daughter, Juanfi and Titi
LaMadrid, and Barbara Goldberg.
They were a loose gang for a time, a group of friends
who did video and enjoyed each other's company and cooking.
They were all very close to their art. They thought
a lot about it and committed themselves to it fully.
Not that they, and the larger group they represented
here, were the New York art world's idea of what video
artists should be, even though they could lay an authoritative
claim to having helped invent the form. But they had
two champions, Howard Wise of Electronic Arts Intermix,
Harithas of the Everson Museum in Syracuse; both interesting
characters and both absolutely crucial to the history
of video art. There is a rare essay by Harithas on page
45 of this issue of Radical Software.
The early pages serve as a showcase for some of Downey's,
Schneider's and Gillette's video art with descriptions,
drawings, installation photographs, and proposals for
Another interesting page is 19, on which there is a
description of a very early industrial project for the
American Can Company by Schneider and Gillette, with
Paul Ryan and John Reilly. Also involved was Woody Vasulka,
though his name is not mentioned. As a video display
system it has interest, although the group lost control
of the software, much to their disappointment.
Don't miss Andrew Horowitz's article "Domestic
Communications Satellites" on page 36; wide ranging
and full of relevance.