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Posted by Shea Lynch at 11:39PM   |  8 comments
ETC Residency

Blog posting written by Shea Lynch, Documentary Studies '14, FLEFF Intern, Glens Falls, New York


Monday April 11 kicked off FLEFF Week on the campus of Ithaca College. Our first event was Checkpoints: New Media Art Installation Center, moderated by Tim Murray from Cornell University. Artists showcasing their work were Renate Ferrow of Cornell University and Megan Roberts and Raymond Ghirardo of Ithaca College. 

Tim Murray gave a wonderful presentation on the Experimental Television Center (ETC) in the beginning of the program. I want to take a moment and educate everyone on this great artistic haven that will soon be no more come the end of this May.

The Center was founded in 1971 by Ralph Hocking and is located in Owego, New York. It offered many residencies to video artists.

"The Residency Program supports projects which approach media as a contemporary electronic and cinematic art form, providing artists with time and space for aesthetic exploration in the creation of new work. The self-directed work environment offers personalized instruction, use of a unique imaging system and access to the media library. Artists use the system themselves, and have unlimited access to the studio during their stay, with time and space for aesthetic exploration in the creation of new works."

-ETC Website

And since 1989, ETC has offered over one million dollars in grants to organizations and artists in New York State, including FLEFF!

Due to financial constraints, the ETC will no longer be run by Ralph Hocking. Cornell University, with the help of Tim Murray, will try to salvage the library of various video art projects stored in the vaults of ETC.

Everyone should check ETC out! It is a very cool organization that will soon be no more!


Loved seeing these projects! I never thought that the surface onto which an image is projected can add so much meaning to the video. I think I'm going to have to try making my own over the summer :D

I especially liked Renate Ferrow's project where she projected inside Freud's trunk

I'm glad I sat in on this. Toward the end, the panelists offered interesting dialogue about the similarities and differences between their work, and their projects were amazing. It was particularly interesting to see some of their earlier work and think about how much technology has evolved.

I was particularly surprised to learn that the ETC is (was) located in Owego. I grew up several miles outside of downtown Owego, and I've been in the Hand of Man shop at least once. This is a loss for what's actually a pretty nice little village.

Has there been ANY discussion in trying to keep it up and running, in some capacity, perhaps in a different location?

I am not sure Steve. The best person to contact for information on ETC would be Tim Murray:

Reminder to all those who are interested in video art or that want to learn more about it: there will be a new media workshop with Megan Roberts from 4:00-6:00 in Studio A of the Park School.

Sorry forgot to mention that the new media workshop will occur on Thursday April 14th. Hope to see a lot of people there!

I had no idea what the Experimental Television Center was until FLEFF and I once I finally understood its significance and all that it offered I was sad to hear it was closing. In class, Renate Ferrow, Megan Roberts and Raymods Ghirardo all presented their work for us. It was really interesting stuff. While their work differed greatly, they all shared the similarity in that they work with projection. Until seeing their work, I had never thought of how many uses video projection could actually have. Megan Roberts and Raymond Ghirardo's work was most interesting to me and I thought that their use of projection was the most creative and different than I had ever seen. They had one really beautiful project where a series of white cones were set up on the floor and projectors from various angles projected images on the cones. But, they were designed so the images wouldn't spill off the cones and onto the floor. The end result was a mesmerizing group of illuminated cones with constantly changing images on their surface.

Luckily for us, Megan Roberts has brought photos from her time working at the Experimental Television Center which was great because it gave me a nice picture of how work happens there... or happened there. It seemed like a really free-flowing and open place that welcomed creativity and spontaneity. Wish I could have visited while it was still in operation.

It is very sad to see ETC go, especially after being so inspired by what these artists have and continue to do! I've never been so fascinated by projections, they offer a way of adding texture to the images that really adds and illuminates (bad pun) them even more. I also thought the combination of sounds and projection was very dynamic.

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