Liz Roberts Going Public (2019)

October 10 - November 21, 2019

Going Public

Filmed at Fresno City College and at CMAC (Community Media Access Collaborative) in Downtown Fresno, Going Public consists of episodes of an experimental public access TV show. Filmed with the participation of FCC students and members of the local artist community, the episodes will grow out of a series of collaborative, improvised workshops held during the month of October. Going Public is facilitated by artist and filmmaker Liz Roberts.

Public access television was started by the FCC in the late 1960’s as an alternative system of television which originated through disenchantment with commercial broadcasting. It was a way to grant fuller access to the means of TV production. The launch of public access TV coincided with the release of Sony’s Porta-Pak camera, which artists like Nam June Paik seized upon in the early days of video art. Many artist television experiments followed - groups like Artist Television Network (NY) quickly recognized cable’s potential to beam the work of artists into American living rooms in a compelling combination of art and mass culture. Andy Warhol produced three different TV shows, beginning with “Andy Warhol TV”  in 1980, using slots purchased on Manhattan Cable and ending with Fifteen Minutes (MTV, 1985-7). 

Episodic and accumulative, Going Public will build over time as content is added, re edited, and looped. We’re thinking about issues of access, representation, and local public conversations, and documentary, through the lens of a community college gallery.

Episode One: Pilot includes music and an interview with local band Squid Ink, and student generated content in the form of art tutorials and skits. Episode One: Pilot will screen at 6pm on October 10 at the Art Space Gallery, with simultaneous broadcast through CMAC (Comcast Xfinity Channel 93 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 in the Fresno area). Episode Two will screen during November.

Going Public is the first iteration of Art Space Gallery TV, a public access TV outcrop of Art Space Gallery at Fresno City College.

About the artist

Liz Roberts’ work spans film, video, sculpture, and performance and draws on shadow feminism, counter cinema, and autobiographical fragments. She has taught in the Cinema Department at Denison University, Film & Video and Graduate Studies at Columbus College of Art & Design, Film Studies and the Department of Art at Ohio State University. Roberts is a core participant in MINT, a decentralized collective and former warehouse space in Columbus, Ohio. In 2019 she received a fellowship for Vermont Studio Center, was staff at ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions), and is currently in residence at The Growlery in San Francisco. Roberts has led workshops on self-representation and empowerment in video and film production for young people at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Denison University, and many others.