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After UniquenessA History of Film and Video Art in Circulation$
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Erika Balsom

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780231176934

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231176934.001.0001

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Transmission, from the Movie-Drome to Vdrome

Transmission, from the Movie-Drome to Vdrome

(p.219) 8 Transmission, from the Movie-Drome to Vdrome
After Uniqueness

Erika Balsom

Columbia University Press

Chapter 8 revisits the utopian moment of exhibiting experimental film and video art on television in light of contemporary efforts to develop authorized platforms for the distribution of artists’ moving image on the Internet. This chapter turns to the life and legacy of the late-night programs Screening Room (1971–81) and Midnight Underground (1993–97), comparing and contrasting the broadcasting model with the recent narrowcasting initiative Vdrome, www.vdrome.org, which shows a single artists’ video for a limited period of time, usually ten days.

Keywords:   Broadcasting, Narrowcasting, public sphere, distribution ecology, ephemerality

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