Kathy High, an associate professor of video and new media in the Arts Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, stopped by the Sanctuary while looking at abandoned buildings in the neighborhood for a possible bio-art installation. A lot of talented people stop into the Sanctuary, and all are asked to take a minute to speak to the youth. Today Kathy told them about a couple of interesting projects she has been working on lately. She has been producing an anthology about video analog machines that came about in the 1960’s and helped form the Expiremental Television Center in Owego, NY. These machines were the start of community video, much like the youths are learning how to create this summer. They came about during the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movements when people wanted a way to develop their own communication rather than relying on the most popular at the time, corporatly owned television stations. “It really put the media in people’s hands,” Kathy explained. Today these machines are more easily accesible, and with the skills the youth are learning this summer they will be able to put the media in their own hands.
We thank Kathy for taking the time out of her busy schedule to share some insights into professional media work with the team.