Event: Designing a New Rrradical Media

What is radical Media?  What has it been in the past?  What will it be in the future?  In partnership with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, the Paper Tiger Television video collective (PTTV) is hosting a two-day conference to create a grassroots media prototype for the digital environment.

On February 10th and 11th, students, journalists, artists, media scholars and the general public will gather  at The New School. Working in teams, participants will be challenged to find inventive ways to use digital platforms to compile information/ideas into an accessible format that builds on the ideals of non-hierarchical-participatory culture, critical analysis, activism and innovative aesthetics. We believe that combining new developments in design, video production, journalism, digital media platforms, media studies and traditional arts, opens up the potential for something truly revolutionary to emerge.

In 1981 PTTV pioneered a truly radical public access television show. It engaged in thoughtful, highly inventive media criticism by challenging both the form and content of broadcast television. In the beginning, PTTV focused on raising awareness amongst workers in the communication industries, of the economic, political and social power structures perpetuated through the mainstream media. The new media landscape is rife with opportunities for innovation and collaboration. Data journalism, crowd sourcing, live streaming, wireless technology and social media are a few of the new ways people can create media together. How can we build upon the ideals of the Paper Tiger collective that combine activism, critical analysis, grassroots journalism and participatory aesthetics through a collaborative process? The Occupy Wall Street movement has called out for the need to challenge the fundamental organization of our society. It is the ideal time to develop a new radical media that builds upon the ideals of non- hierarchical, consensus-based, truly democratic structures.

Selected design will be presented at MoMA, as a special presentation during the annual Documentary Fortnight 2012: MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media.

Designing a New Rrradical Media
February 10 – 11
The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor
Admission: Free!

Radical Media Then and Now: Keynote Address, Panel Discussion and Screening
Friday, February 10
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Tigers Tomorrow: The Future of Media Activism, Media Intensive and Design Challenge
Saturday, February 11
10:30 am – 6:00 pm

MoMA Presentation of Awards and Radical Media Prototype
Friday, February 24
8:00 – 10:00 pm


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One Comment on “Event: Designing a New Rrradical Media”

  1. January 26, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    Thanks for this! I learned about it from my Digital Media Theory class and this class would be interested as well. Be sure to RSVP if you want to go the second day, space is limited.

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