Opening Reception for Public Access/Open Networks


Mar 22, 2017 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM




Gallery at BRIC House
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Nam June Paik, Good Morning Mr. Orwell (video still), 1984


JOIN US AT THE OPENING RECEPTION, March 22, 2017 from 7-9PM!

ON VIEW THROUGH: May 7, 2017


In the late 1960s, visual artists experimenting with the new medium of video saw the potential of public access television to act as an open and uncensored platform for the creation and dissemination of their work. This exhibition will present both key and lesser-known figures who worked in the public-access arena, as well as contemporary artists experimenting with the democratic potential of new media platforms on the Internet. BRIC’s own Brooklyn Free Speech Public Access channels will be continuously aired in the gallery space, and a stage in the center of the gallery will act as a set for the production of new programming by BRIC’s Brooklyn Free Speech community producers.

Historic and recent programming by: Alex Bag, Colab, Jaime Davidovich, Tom KalinGlenn O’Brien, Nam June Paik, Paper Tiger Television, Raindance, Doug Hall, Chip LordJody Procter, TVTV, Tony Ramos, and Martha Rosler. Contemporary artist projects by: Natalie BookchinE.S.P. TV, Ann HirschJayson Musson, Jon Rubin, Pilot TV, and URe:AD Press (Shani Peters and Sharita Towne).

Curated by: Jenny Gerow, Assistant Curator at BRIC, in collaboration with freelance curators Reya Sehgal and Lakshmi Padmanabhan.


Special thanks to Electronic Arts Intermix, NY, for support of this exhibition. 



WED, APRIL 5, 7-9PM | Natalie Bookchin: Long Story Short A full screening of the artist's video, whcih is an exploration of poverty comprising of hundreds of interviews with men and women in homeless and job-training centers 
in California. Followed by a conversation with the artist.

WED, APRIL 12, 1-5PM & 7-9PM | Ralph McDaniels: Video Music Box Live -  Afternoon screenings of the historic Video Music Box program from 1-5PM, then McDaniels himself takes the stage to host a live version of the show from 7-9PM.

SAT, APRIL 15, 7-9PM | E.S.P. TV Live Taping - Join us for a live taping with E.S.P. TV, where they will hybridizes technologies old and new, contemporary and obsolete, to realize the live television studio as a site for performance-based works.

SAT, APRIL 22, 12-4PM | Utopian Potentials and Media(ted) Realities - A symposium exploring the promise of Public Access television and open network technologies, featuring cultural producers from the 1970s, to the present. Presented in partnetship with Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), NY.

BROOKLYN FREE SPEECH STAGE (Fridays 6-10PM & Saturdays 12-4PM)

  • FRI, MARCH 24 | Keeping it Real with the Womyn of Public Access - Highlighting the voices of women filmmakers, performers, artists, and television producers of Brooklyn’s Public Access channels.
  • SAT, MARCH 25 | B Young -  B Young is a full day of live television for, by, and about YOUTH, capturing everything from edutainment, adoption, cooking, and sports. 
  • FRI, APR 21 | Politics in the Community Media Sphere - This program will address social and political issues that affect our community; a mixture of TV show discussion and Town Hall.
  • FRI, MAY 5 | To be Announced.
  • SAT, MAY 6 | To be Announced.

All Brooklyn Free Speech Stage programming will be live-streamed on Brooklyn Free Speech TV, Channel 1: 


Venue Information:

The 3,000 square-foot Gallery in BRIC House has soaring 18-foot ceilings that permit major exhibitions focusing on emerging and mid-career artists and curators. 

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