EZTV is a video and digital art collective that has been in long-term residence at 18th Street Arts Center since 2000. Founded by pioneering video-maker John Dorr, EZTV first opened its doors to the public in 1983 at a storefront space located on Santa Monica Boulevard in what was then the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County known as West Hollywood. Perhaps the country’s first micro-cinema dedicated exclusively to video, EZTV was both a screening venue and production house tracing its roots to earlier video screenings held by Dorr at the West Hollywood Community Center. During the early 1980s, video technology was increasingly becoming accessible, especially to individuals who didn’t necessarily have a background in film or art. It was a medium just taking its first steps out of specialization and into a wider circulation of creators, and EZTV was at the forefront locally. The space’s scrappy, DIY spirit — they often salvaged used tapes from Hollywood and rigged equipment to produce advanced effects — attracted artists and video-makers whose work wouldn’t or couldn’t be made in either the film industry or the traditional art world.
This excerpt is from “ARTBOUND” by David Evans Frantz. To see the original article click here: https://www.kcet.org/shows/artbound/eztv-three-decades-of-video-antics