Thursday, March 2, 1995

Eastern Europe

Oppositional Media

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Between 1989 and 1992 Eastern European citizens, artists, and television producers grabbed available tools—camcorders bicycled around, microphones tethered to broadcast towers—to establish oppositional electronic voices. Chris Hill, former video programmer at Hallwalls (Buffalo), will screen Hungarian Judit Kopper’s TV Boris & Video Misha (1992) analyzing the struggle on Soviet television between Eastern word-dominated and Western image-based cultures; Gusztav Hamos’s 1989-The Real Power of TV (1990), an incisive meditation on TV’s coverage of the radical changes during this volatile period; and excerpts from Hungarian and Czech underground video newsmagazines.