Gene Youngblood is an internationally known theorist of media arts and politics and a respected scholar in the history and theory of alternative cinemas. His Expanded Cinema (1970), the first book to consider video as an art form, was seminal in establishing media arts as a recognized artistic and scholarly discipline. He has been teaching, writing, curating and lecturing on media democracy and alternative cinemas since 1970 and is widely known as a pioneering voice in the media democracy movement. Secession from the Broadcast is a two-part lecture presented as a collaboration between Cinematheque and the San Francisco Art Institute.
This lecture explores in greater detail some key questions raised in program 1 (2/1/2012 at SFAI). What is the revolutionary potential of the Internet? How can we use it to cultivate radical will at scale? Why is social control in crisis, and what is state power going to do about it? What does it mean to leave the culture without leaving the country? What does it mean that culture is a technology of the self? What is counterculture, and how can it support a daily practice of conscious counter-socialization? What does it mean to create on the same scale as we can destroy, and what is the role of the arts in meeting that challenge? (Gene Youngblood)