Critical Writing Index

Outlaws Through the Lens of Corporate America

by Ellen Spiro

Cinematograph, 1991, no. 4, pp. 180-183

Activists using video to amplify urgent messages, with special focus on AIDS and reproductive rights. Collective strategies for cracking the corporate media system; cultural landscape of the early 90s.

"In the face of a seemingly monolithic power structure of cops, laws, corporate media and societal standards of conformity, a little machine like the Video 8 camcorder is capable of subverting their oppressive voice of authority by amplifying the image and voices of those people and ideas generally deemed unimportant."

ITEM 1991.051 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

The Many Faces of PaperTesting the Limits

Studio of The StreetsBlack Cat Collective

The Riddle of the Mysterious Missing Station8mm News Collective

DiAna's Hair Ego: AIDS Info Up Front8mm News Collective

AIDS in the BarrioBuffalo Artists Against Repression and Censorship (BAARC)

MediaactiveCyndi Cox

The Feeling of Power: #6769Julie Zando

Damned Interfering Video Activists b(DIVA TV)

Ellen Spiro

Alba Martinez and Frances Negron

Ray Navarro

Robert Beck

Media Coalition for Reproductive Rights