Born To Be Sold: Martha Rosler Reads the Strange Case of Baby S/M Watch eagle-eye video and performance artist Martha Rosler tackle the case of surrogate mother Mary Beth Whitehead as represented by the main-stream media. This tape uncovers the class and gender bias of the media coverage and the courts. X-tra inventive graphics and kooky dress-up illustrate Rosler's insightful analysis of the court battle, waged within the tricky issue of contemporary reproductive control in America. Fun for the whole family!!!
1988 TRT: 28 minutes
TV's Gulf War: Bill Nichols Analyzes TV's Coverage of the Gulf War In quite possibly one of PTTV’s most fascinating and insightful one on ones, film professor and media critic Bill Nichols deconstructs the US media’s coverage of the first Gulf War, brick by theoretical brick.
Nichols exposes the dangerously effective means by which the TV news has established itself as our reality. By perpetuating a sense of fear and urgency, television news coverage of the first Gulf War was able to compress the vast complexities of the issue into a readily consumable product. However, rather than acknowledging the limits of this mediation, TV news channels like CNN were dependent upon producing their own reality and blurring the line between fact and fiction.
1991 TRT: 28 minutes
A collection of Vlog pieces from 2010
Maple Razsa & Michael Hardt Read Riotporn TRT 14:20
Surveilling Surveillance: Interview with Jill Magid TRT 11:21
Paper Tiger Reads: US Department of Defense Contracts (segment) TRT 7:00
Maria Juliana Byck has been a member of PTTV since 2004. She is currently working on the Paper Tiger Detroit project and developing a new show concept on Fashion. After college she lived abroad for 5 years, and has traveled in Asia, Africa, South America, Middle East and Europe. Maria is a recent graduate of the Media Studies Masters program at the New School and works in experimental video.
Patricia González Ramírez graduated from The New School with a BA in Culture and Media. She joined the collective after her PTTV summer internship ended and has been working on the Social Movements project. Outside of tiger-time she works for a worker-owned cooperative business and as a media-maker and educator in a community center.
Nadia Mohamed graduated from New York University in 2009 with a BA in Social and Cultural Analysis. She joined Paper Tiger in the Spring of 2010 and is currently involved in the Public Spaces project and the Detroit project. She works at Deep Dish TV, where she distributes social justice documentaries and helps coordinate a new series on immigration.
Adrienne Silverman has been a member of Paper Tiger Television since July 2009. She received a BA in film from Bard College and an MA in Media Studies from The New School. She currently works editing and doing tape duplication. With Paper Tiger Television, she is currently working on the urban agriculture portion of the Detroit show and a series of screenings in collaboration with The Bronx Museum.
Paper Tiger Television (PTTV) is an open, non-profit, volunteer video collective. Through the collaborative efforts of artists, activists and scholars, PTTV has pioneered experimental, innovative and truly alternative community media since 1981. An early innovator in video art and public access television of the early 80’s, PTTV developed a unique, handmade, irreverent aesthetic that experimented with the television medium by combining art, academics, politics, performance and live television. PTTV has been recognized for critical analysis of information sources and for being on the cutting edge of video with screenings, exhibits and installations in museums and galleries around the world. The PTTV archive houses one of the most unique and important historical alternative media collections, encompassing critical components of the evolution of public access television, video art, video activism, and media reform.
PTTV has a long history of creating radical critiques of mass culture and politics, and providing innovative leadership for documentary filmmakers, artists, media literacy educators and social justice media movements around the world. Many programs examine a particular aspect of the communications industry, from print media to TV to movies, looking at its impact on public perception and opinion. Other videos represent the people and views which are largely absent from the mainstream media. Through the production and distribution of our public access series, media literacy/video production workshops, community screenings and grassroots advocacy PTTV works to challenge and expose the corporate control of mainstream media. PTTV believes that involving people in the process of making media is mandatory for our long-term goal of information equity. The goal of our work is to provide viewers with a critical understanding of the communications industry.