January 31, 2012

Being the Media: Designing a New Rrradical Media, Two-Day Conference

Vera List Center for Art and Politics

Paper Tiger Television turns 30.

What is radical media? What has it been in the past? What can it be in the future? What is media’s relationship to social justice and movement building?


Paper Tiger Television, Vera List Center for Art and Politics, and School of Media Studies at The New School for Public Engagement present a two-day conference to celebrate, reflect and build on thirty roarin’ years (and counting!) of media art and activism.


In 1981, Paper Tiger Television (PTTV) pioneered a truly radical public access show, raising awareness amongst workers in the communication industries, of the economic, political and social power structures perpetuated through the profit-driven mainstream media. Since then, the collective has been making fun, yet incisive video that demystifies the information industry and provides a platform for underrepresented perspectives. Collaborating with activists and artists, PTTV videos take many forms — from critical readings of the mass media & popular culture, to traditional style documentaries on social justice issues.


Thirty years later, how can we harness collaborative culture, critical analysis, participatory technologies and aesthetics to incite social change?  What content and platforms can we create that respond to the limits and possibilities of the ever-shifting contemporary media landscape? Artists, activists, scholars and media makers, movers and shakers of all stripes explore these questions.


Friday, February 10, 2012, 6:30pm–9:00pm
Radical Media Then & Now: Keynote Address, Screening & Panel Discussion


This festive evening examines Paper Tiger Television’s historic achievements of empowering the public to use media strategically and creatively in the pursuit of a more equitable and healthy democracy. Daniela Capistrano, Multi-Platform Producer of DCAP Media moderates.


Keynote Speaker
Malkia Cyril, Executive Director, Center for Media Justice


Paper Tiger Television’s Greatest Hits, selected by current Tigers


Andy Bichlbaum, The Yes Lab
Jamilah King, News Editor, Colorlines
Jennifer Pozner, Founder, Women in Media & News


Saturday, February 11, 2012, National Inventors’ Day, 10:30am–6:00pm
The Future of Media Activism: Media Intensive & Design Challenge
Registration recommended: [email protected]


The day begins with four succinct, fast-paced and provocative presentations on the key topics of the convention: Media Justice & Autonomy; New Activism & Movement Building; Collectivism & Collaborative Culture; and Materiality & Aesthetics.


Participants then divide in teams to work closely with media activists and scholars in the form of charrettes to create prototypes for new form of rrradical media. Selected prototypes will be presented at Museum of Modern Art during the annual Documentary Fortnight 2012: MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media.


Media Intensive Speakers
Jesse Drew, professor, Techno-cultural Studies, University of California, Davis
Pablillo Jose, hacktivist
Shannon Mattern, assistant professor, School of Media Studies, The New School
Martha Wallner, Media & Communications Coordinator, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
Isaac Wilder, Executive Director, Free Network Foundation


Design Challenge Facilitators
Robby Herbst, artist, co-founder and former editor of the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest


Tracy Luz, documentary filmmaker
Deep Dish TV, media laboratory since 1986
Democracy Now!, national, daily, independent, and award winning global news program


Housing Is A Human Right, documentary project
Manhattan Neighborhood Network, public access network
Media Action Grassroots Network, local-to-local advocacy network of grassroots community organizations
People’s Production House, journalism training and production institute


For more Paper Tiger Television’s 30th Anniversary programs, please visit


*Presented by Paper Tiger Television, Vera List Center for Art and Politics, and School of Media Studies at The New School for Public Engagement, on occasion of the Vera List Center’s 2011–2013 focus theme “Thingness.”


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