Video art, alternative television, McLuhan, performance art, computing, Buckminster Fuller, copyright, the electromagnetic spectrum, the Sony Portapak, feedback, activism, tape loops, media criticism, electronics, modding, kline worms, information economies, defense of public access channels, cybernetic guerrilla warfare… In the days before VCRs and personal computers these and other disparate subjects were being plumbed in the seminal magazine Radical Software. Published between 1970 and 1974 by Beryl Korot, Phyllis Gershuny, and Ira Schneider Radical Software serves today as a fascinating historical document of the very beginnings of the video art movement and the far flung ideas which surrounded the revolutionary medium’s introduction. The full run is available online here. Highly recommended.

10.07. filed under: bits&bytes. history.