30th Anniversary 1981-2011


Celebrating 30 Years of Collective Media Art, Activism and Analysis!!

Beginning with the exhibition"Its the 21st Century: Do you know where your Brains are?" at Fales NYU library gallery, PTTV will launch 4 months of events to celebrate its 30th year.
February 3 – May 4, 2012

Fales Library Gallery, Bobst Library, 3rd floor New York University
70 Washington Square South, NY NY

Opening Night Panel Discussion: The Roaring Years of Paper Tiger - Tigers give summaries of their time in the collective

The opening panel "The Roaring Years of Paper Tiger" will consist of Tigers from each decade giving quick summaries of their experiences with the collective:

• Liza Bear, co-founder of Communications Update, the access series which spawned the first PT program;
• Mary Feaster, musician/artist whose quirky graphic skills initiated much of the PT "style";
• Martha Wallner, Media / Communications Coordinator, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children and co-founder and former Nat'l Co-coordinator of Deep Dish TV;3
• Linda Iannacone, currently an art therapist, who lead the PT crew to the West Virginia coal fields;
• Carlos Pareja, from Peoples' Production House, and Denise Andrade, Global Action Project discuss Paper Tiger's Youth Workshops;
• Simin Farkhondeh, Educational Director of Democracy Now and Marty Lucas, Hunter Professor reminiscing about their experiences as coordinators of the Gulf Crisis TV Project;
• Patricia Gonzalez and Nadia Mohamed, both current Tigers, will discuss PTTV's current projects and video streaming.

February 3, 6-7:30 pm – Reception will follow. Fales Library Gallery, Bobst Library, 3rd floor New York University - 70 Washington Square South, NY NY

Photograph Documentation of the exhibition and the Opening reception can be found here and here:http://www.papertigerexhibit.blogspot.com/


Being the Media: Designing a New Rrradical Media

Friday and Saturday, February 10 & 11, 2012
The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor, New York City
Admission: Free
***RSVP REQUIRED for DAY 2 production design challenge***
call 212 229 2436 or email vlc@newschool.edu


In partnership with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, the Paper Tiger Television video collective (PTTV) is hosting a two-day conference to create a grassroots media prototype for the digital environment.

On February 10th and 11th, students, journalists, artists, media scholars and the general public will gather at The New School. Working in teams, participants will be challenged to find inventive ways to use digital platforms to compile information/ideas into an accessible format that builds on the ideals of non-hierarchical-participatory culture, critical analysis, activism and innovative aesthetics. We believe that combining new developments in design, video production, journalism, digital media platforms, media studies and traditional arts, opens up the potential for something truly revolutionary to emerge.

The new media landscape is rife with opportunities for innovation and collaboration. Data journalism, crowd sourcing, live streaming, wireless technology and social media are a few of the new ways people can create media together. How can we build upon the ideals of the Paper Tiger collective that combine activism, critical analysis, grassroots journalism and participatory aesthetics through a collaborative process? The Occupy Wall Street movement has called out for the need to challenge the fundamental organization of our society. It is the ideal time to develop a new radical media that builds upon the ideals of non- hierarchical, consensus-based, truly democratic structures.

Selected designs will be presented by Paper Tiger Television at MoMA , as a special presentation during the annual Documentary Fortnight 2012: MoMA's International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media.

Radical Media Then & Now: Keynote, Screening, and Panel Discussion
Keynote by Malkia Cyril, executive director of Center for Media Justice
Friday, February 10, 2012, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Building the Future of Media Activism, Media Intensive and Design Challenge
Saturday, February 11, 2012, (National Inventors’ Day) 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Presented with School of Media Studies at the New School.
Workshop facilitation in partnership with People's Production House, Deep Dish TV, MAG-Net , Housing is a Human Right, Democracy Now!.

You may see a full conference description along with extensive resources here.


Three Screenings at MOMA's Documentary Fortnight 2012

FREE WITH RSVP- PLEASE SEND EMAIL TO info(at)papertiger.org with MoMA pttv 30th in subject line and date and time of program so we can put you on the guest list.

Friday, February 24, 2012 8:00-10:00 p.m.
-Presentation of Selected Radical Media Design Prototypes-

This screening will include selected prototypes from the two-day conference "Being the Media: Designing a New Rrradical Media". The design teams will discuss their projects and the challenges they faced. Conference created in partnership with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics.

Presented with: Infiltrating the Underground. USA. 2008. PTTV video collective. 20 min. excerpt.
Author and activist Anne Elizabeth Moore looks at how corporations chip away at democracy and personal integrity by copying the styles and techniques of alternative culture.

Saturday, February 25, 2012 3:00 pm
-Reading the Newspaper and Reality Television-

Herb Schiller Reads the New York Times: 712 Pages of Waste, The Sunday Times. USA. 1981. PTTV video collective. 28 min.
Noted American media critic and scholar Herb Schiller dissects the New York Times in this precedent setting PTTV show. Schiller irreverently leafs through page after page of the paper, analyzing the physical heft and numerous advertisements in a deconstruction of it's wasteful excess.

Reality Unreeled: The Really Real Unreal Reality of Real Reality TV. 2010. PTTV video collective. 28 min.
Media critic and founder of Women In Media& News, Jennifer L. Pozner leads this exploration of the social, economic and cultural meaning of reality television through the analysis of shows such as Survivor. Her commentary expands upon the use of stereotypes and exploitation throughout the genre. The show includes an interview with Robert Galinsky, founder of the New York Reality TV School, and "Addicted to Beauty" advertising posters in the subway.

Street Art Take Over. USA. 2010. PTTV video collective. 8 min.
Teams of whitewashers and artists transform over 100 of NPA City Outdoor's 480 illegal billboards in Manhattan from street level advertising to art. The New York Street Art Takeover 2009, organized by Jordan Seiler of Public Ad Campaign, challenged control over our visual landscape by bringing art to public space.

Saturday, February 25, 2012 6:00 pm
-Reading Sock Ads and Television News Coverage of War-

Sock Ads: Judith Williamson Consumes Passionately in Southern California. 1988. 28 min.
This playfully insightful examination of consumer culture in America looks at how and why a proliferation of products are developed and marketed in the American capitalist system. Radical critic, Judith Williamson, author of Decoding Advertisements and Consuming Passions, suggests that the freedom to choose multiple versions of body products may supplant other freedoms of choice.

TVs Gulf War: Bill Nichols Analyzes TV's Coverage of the Gulf War. 1991. 28 min.
Documentary film professor and media critic Bill Nichols deconstructs the US media's coverage of the first Gulf War, and exposes how the TV news constructs information. Many of the news channels produced their own reality, blurring the line between fact and fiction. Expressing fear and urgency, television news coverage compressed the complexities of the issues of war into easily consumed information.

Thai Worker Collective TV Ad. 2010. 1:46 min.
Labor organizers and worker collectives in Bangkok asked Paper Tiger Television to make a commercial to promote the sales of their sweat free products made in worker-owned production facilities with dignified labor practices.

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