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Posted by Shea Lynch at 11:39PM
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!

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