Media Arts Program

Tuesday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m.

$8 general, $6 students/seniors, $5 members

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Tony Tuesday 3: Public Access Cable Collaborations

Curated & Introduced by Laura McGough

Tony Billoni & Tony Conrad in ERSATZ T.V.: A STUDIO MELEE.
In the early 1980s video curator Kathy High invited New York City public access cable TV producers Alan Moore (Potato Wolf) and Jaime Davidovich (The Live! Show) to Hallwalls, where each created live televisual programming featuring a cast of Buffalo artists and musicians. These events mark Conrad's earliest experimentations with public access cable television, years prior to the establishment of an access venue in Buffalo. Tony Conrad: Public Access Collaborations will present excerpts from these programs along with Conrad's later collaborative public access ventures including Buffalo Learning Network (produced with Barbara Rowe, 1993-1997).

Works to be screened include:

ERSATZ T.V.: A STUDIO MELEE (1980, excerpts)
Documentation of a live closed-circuit video broadcast conducted by Alan Moore, a member of the producing collective of the public access POTATO WOLF SHOW, at Hallwalls. ERSATZ T.V.: A STUDIO MELEE—which features audience participation and performances by Tony Conrad, Tony Billoni, and other Buffalo-based artists—was narrowcast over closed-circuit television within Hallwalls new gallery at 700 Main Street to simulate one of Potato Wolf's live public access cablecasts.

The Live! Show (1983)
Jaime Davidovich conceived and co-produced a 30-minute Buffalo episode of his Manhattan-based public access program The Live! Show (1979-1984) which was cablecast live over Channel 10/Cablescope, Inc. The Buffalo episode of The Live! Show features artists Tony Billoni, Tony Conrad, Kathy High, Barbara Lattanzi, Daniel Levine, George Scherer (a.k.a., George Martin), and Paul Szpakowski (a.k.a., Paul Szp), and was produced cooperatively by Hallwalls, Media Study/Buffalo, Channel 10/Cablescope, Inc., and the City of Buffalo Arts Commission. It is not clear whether or not the Buffalo episode was also cablecast in Manhattan.

School News (1993–1997, excerpt)
Tony Conrad and Barbara Rowe produced for Buffalo Learning Television (BLT). This excerpt features documentation of a demonstration by parents and students outside of WNED studios protesting actions by Victor Sobol & the Buffalo School Board.

Homework Helpline (1993–1997, excerpt)
Tony Conrad produced for Buffalo Learning Television (BLT). This excerpt of Homework Helpline features Conrad, Buffalo school teacher Brian Myszka, and student hosts. Directed by Jay Burney with the assistance of local students.