“Original version of Ant Farm’s classic video art piece examining and satirizing the media, particularly the impact of television. On July 4, Independence Day, 1975, what a TV newscaster described as a "media circus” assembles at San Francisco’s Cow Palace Stadium. A pyramid of television sets are stacked, doused with kerosene, and set ablaze. Then a modified 1959 Cadillac El Dorado Biarritz, piloted by two drivers who are guided only by a video monitor between their bucket seats, smashes through the pyramid destroying the TV sets"
“See, I happen to love the ocean ever since I was a little baby & I was growing up on this planet which we are blessed with. I said to myself, ‘You know, the ocean is one of the most amazing things in the entire universe! Let alone on this planet! When the UFOs come down they see our oceans they go, 'God, these guys are lucky! Look at these oceans they have with all these creatures! And these dolphins, and these whales, and these sharks, and these fish, and these octopuses, and everyone is hugging each other, and swimming through this liquid space atmosphere down there in the ocean and they’re having a good time! And the people get to go swimming, and surfing, and recreation, and sailboating!! And it’s just beautiful out here!! And the idea that there’s some guy in an office somewhere sitting behind his desk saying, 'How am I going to make a few more million dollars with my paper mill this year? Well, maybe if I cut the cost, and I pollute a little more into the ocean then I could make some bigger profits.’ And they destroy this beautiful planet that we are blessed with and, to me, it’s an angering concept. So that’s why I come down here so I can sort of express myself and tell you that everybody has to kind of take responsibility for this planet and specifically on this day the oceans on this planet 'cause I love them. Okay? And I don’t want my kids to have to come out of the water and go into some detoxification booth on the beach because, you know, it takes all of the fun out of it really.”- Anthony Kiedis
Above pictured is Anthony with his son Everly Bear on different days enjoying the ocean. This quote is from Kiedis’ interview with Media Burn.
In 1983, Harold Washington became Chicago’s first black mayor. Washington’s emergence as a political leader was no fluke, but rather, a direct result of the city’s racial tensions and the black community’s struggle for political power and representation.
I’ve teamed up with the Chicago Reader & Danielle Scruggs to create this multimedia story centering the legacy of mayor Harold Washington and the political climate in 1983 featuring photographs from the Sun-Times archive intercut with excerpts from Chicago Politics: A Theatre of Power (1987) a Super-8mm film by Bill Stamets archived at MediaBurn.org
With one of the world’s largest television spectacles a few hours away now over I thought it’d be good to post a few screen grabs from Richard Serra and Carlota Fay Schoolman’s searing critique of television, “Television Delivers People”, which, amazingly,aired on broadcast television on April 25, 1975.