Program #7 – Jane Veeder and Phil Morton (1978)
“Program #7” by Jane Veeder and Phil Morton is a collaborative Video Art work from 1978. “Program #7” is from a series of videos produced by Morton and Veeder under the name “the Electronic Visualization Center a television research satellite to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago”. Veeder and Morton traveled the continental United States in a mobile Media Art lab built into a customized General Motors van engaging in “Videotape presentations, live Video and Computer Graphics performances, workshops, and/or any useful format of collaboration.” This series of video “Programs” is highly personal, playful and self-reflexive as a psychedelic cybernetic communication and distribution system.
Influential Video Artist and activist Phil Morton (1945 – 2003) founded the Video Area in 1970 at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he taught from 1969 – 1981/82. The Video Area was the first department in the United States to offer a BA and MFA degree in Video Art. The Video Area eventually became the Video Department, which later became part of the Film, Video & New Media Department. Phil Morton also founded The Video Data Bank, one of the world’s leading collections of Video Art. Morton developed an approach he called COPY-IT-RIGHT, an anti-copyright approach to making and freely sharing Media Art. The Phil Morton Memorial Research Archive (located in the Film, Video & New Media Department. at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago) seeks to coordinate and freely distribute Phil Morton’s Media Art work and associated research under Morton’s COPY-IT-RIGHT license. jonCates initiated the Phil Morton Memorial Research Archive in 2007 after receiving a generous donation of Phil Morton’s personal video archive/database from Morton’s surviving partner Barb Abramo: <a href=”https://copyitright.wordpress.com”>https://copyitright.wordpress.com