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Video Thinking

Earthscore grew out of Video Thinking.

Concepts proper to video arise out of the practice of video. During more than thirty five years of video practice, video artist, Paul Ryan has assembled a tool kit of video concepts. The essays in this sequence make these concepts available to video practitioners and can be folded into college courses that encourage video thinking.  In these essays, video is distinguished from film and television. A genealogy of video in New York City is included. Paul Ryan theorizes about selected topics in relation to video including art making, social change, memory, perception, self, relationships, utopia, religion and the environment. In his writings, he draws on Marshall McLuhan, Stanley Cavell, Jerry Mander, Michel Foucault, Gregory Bateson, Elaine Scarry, Martin Heidegger, Rene Thom, and Charles Peirce.

1. Video, Television and Film

VT is not TV. Video is not film. Television monitors events. Film projects a world view. Video extends perception and provides feedback. Recommended: Cavell, McLuhan, Mander.
Video Chi
Videotape: Infolding Information
The History of American Video Art and the Future of European Television

2.  The Video/TV Hybrid and the Video/Film Hybrid

Creativity is often found in hybrid uses of media.  The video/tv hybrid uses formats on TV derived from experimental video. The video/film hybrid can use the taxonomy of images articulated by Deleuze in Cinema I and Cinema 2.
Tricultural Tournament
Hall of Risk
sample excerpt from Deleuze on Cinema by Ronald Bogue on (The book is highly recommended)
Recommended: McLuhan on Hybrid Media and Bogue on Deleuze

3. Art Making and Social Change

 The genealogy of video in NYC is a struggle between using video and a medium of art and using video as a tool of social change.Recommended Foucault.
A Genealogy of Video

4.  Social Change

Inherent in portable video is a logic of guerrilla warfare in an information environment. Recommended Bateson on Circuits.
Cybernetic Guerilla Warfare

5. Perception and Memory

Reviewing the peculiarities of video perception.  Comparing video memory to digital computer memory. Recommended: Heidegger on memory in What is Called Thinking?
Video Chi
Video, Computers and Memory

6. Self and Relationships

Personal feedback with video enlarges our ability to develop a cybernetic self. Video feedback also makes possible new forms of relating to each other. Recommenced: ‘Cybernetics of Self’ in Steps to and Ecology of Mind by Bateson, Calapietro on Peirce’s approach to self  and Peirce on Firstness, Secondness and Thirdness.
Three Person Solution

7. Utopia and Religion

A video journey through utopia reveals much about video and utopia.  Video  allows a fresh look at religion’s founded in sacred scriptures. Recommended: Journey Through Utopia.  Rappaport on Religion.
Video Journey Through Utopia
Jesus Crucified, the Living Earth and Television

8.  Video and the Environment

Video makes possible an information transmission system grounded in shared perception of environmental realities.
The Earthscore Notation
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    Paul Ryan
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