NOTE: This website is still under development and as such many links are as yet disabled. The site “soft launched” on June , 2013, and will be fully operational by year’s end. View Press Release.
The EZTV Museum is an online archive for the preservation, contextualization and historification of several under-represented Los Angeles based independent media art communities. This online museum, is an autoenthnographic work, created in part from the acquisition of much of EZTV’s early archives by USC’s ONE Archives. In addition, this work has been informed and interrogated through participation in Stanford University’s Practice Based Research in the Arts MOOC, EZTV Museum’s inception first dates back to 2005, when Adobe’s educational consultant Patricia Johnson articulated the need for it at SIGGRAPH, and then subsequently through EZTV’s inclusion in the Getty Museum & Research Institute’s 2011 initiative Pacific Standard Time at 18th Street Arts Center.
(above, art critic Peter Frank reflects on the history and impact of EZTV as part of the American Film Institute’s 1999 tribute to this seminal organization. Images of various EZTV projects were inserted in 2004)
EZTV Museum is the official online archive of various projects connected with EZTV’s rich media art history as well as its related organization CyberSpace Gallery. Numerous video clips, posters, programs, press and other historical ephemera are included in the history sections of this online collection. Additionally, a number of editorial essays, are included.
Not to be confused with the younger Bit Torrent of the same name, or the one or more production companies or other subsequent groups with the same or similar name, this is the real EZTV, a group of video and digital artists in the Los Angeles area, who helped articulate the independent desktop video movement.
EZTV pioneered independent desktop video production, microcinema, self-distribution and the use of routine video projection for serious exhibition use, creating both what were among the world’s first theaters dedicated to video and among the world’s first art galleries dedicated to digital art. Conceived in 1979 by John Dorr, then created in 1983 as an on-going space by Dorr and a group of founding members in 1983, including Michael J. Masucci, who became co-artistic director in 1986 and has continued to survive and evolve under the direction of Masucci and Kate Johnson since 1993.
As of 2013, EZTV is now an online video gallery and resource to artists, historians, scholars and anyone interested in the development and evolution of independent video and digital media.
EZTV did its first experiments with the internet in 1984 ( in collaboration with LA-SIGGRAPH), was permanently online since 1987 (initially in collaboration with KPFK), first as a early experiment in email art, then as electronic bulletin board and in 1995 created one of the earliest websites for computer art EZTV’s unique story includes not just the work of resident artists such as Dorr, Masucci and Johnson, as well as ia Kamadalu, Victor Acevedo, Natasha Vita-More, James Williams, T. Jankowski, Kate Crash, Nina Rota , Strawn Bovee, Anneliese Viraldiev, M’Lissa Mayo,Mark Shepard, Pat Miller, Sondra Lowell and others, but also the numerous guest artists such as Dr. Timothy Leary, David Hockney, Yoko Ono, Keith Haring, Robert Altman, Jean Luc Goddard, R. Crumb, Tom of Finland, Barbara T. Smith, Robert Williams, David Em, Rebecca Allen, Susanna B. Dakin, Mark Gash, Jennifer Steinkamp, R. Kern, Bob Flannagan & Sheri Rose, Michael Wright and guest organizations such as LA-SIGGRAPH, the Empowerment Project, AIVF, the International Documentary Association, the Visual Music Alliance, the Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies, the Long Beach Museum of Art, AIDS Project/Los Angeles , Los Angeles Psychological Association, and many others.
Guest curators, presenters and/or programmers over the years, including Patric Prince, Barbara Trent, Peter Lunenfeld, and Mike Kaplan, have also contributed greatly to the diversity and level of excellence which has been the hallmark of EZTV for over 30 years.