Jamie Davidovich, “The Live! Show Promo” (1982) (courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix, (EAI), NY)

BRIC is pleased to present Public Access/Open Networks, on view March 23 through May 7, 2017, in the gallery at BRIC House, Downtown Brooklyn’s largest contemporary art gallery.

In the late 1960s, visual artists experimenting with the new medium of video saw the potential of Public Access television to act as an open and uncensored platform for the creation and dissemination of their work, accessing new and diverse audiences. Public Access/Open Networks showcases the historical relationships between community-produced media and political action, documenting the potential for social change and creative reimagining through this technology.

The exhibition presents over 20 artists and collectives, including historic key and lesser-known figures who worked in the Public Access arena, as well as contemporary artists experimenting with the democratic potential of new media platforms on the Internet. Historic work by Alex Bag, Colab, Jaime Davidovich, Doug Hall, Tom Kalin, Chip Lord, Glenn O’Brien, Nam June Paik, Paper Tiger Television, Jody Procter, Raindance, Tony Ramos, Martha Rosler and TVTV. Contemporary work by Natalie Bookchin, E.S.P. TV, Ann Hirsch, Ralph McDaniels, Jayson Musson, Jon Rubin, Pilot TV and URe:AD Press (Shani Peters and Sharita Towne).

As part of the exhibition, BRIC’s own Brooklyn Free Speech Public Access television channels will air continuously in the gallery space, and a stage in the center of the exhibition will act as a set for the production of new programming by BRIC’s community producers.

BRIC is located at 647 Fulton Street in Downtown Brooklyn. Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 12-6pm; closed Mondays. Admission is FREE.

To learn more, visit bricartsmedia.org/publicaccess

Special thanks to Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), NY, for support of this exhibition