Curator Chris Hill presents selections from the Chicago nonprofit Video Data Bank‘s newly reissued 1995 collection of experimental and activist videos from the 70’s, Surveying the First Decade: Video Art & Alternative Media in the U.S., Thursday as part of the Gene Siskel Film Center’s screening series Conversations at the Edge.

Former video curator at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo and administrator of the public access TV station there, Hill was a media arts professor at my alma mater Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio until the school was shut down last year by the umbrella Antioch University.  Now, along with most of the Antioch College faculty, Hill soldiers on as a professor and administrator at the experimental Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute, which is fighting for its continued existence amid efforts to reopen Antioch College independent from the university.

Surveying the First Decade screens Thursday at 6PM at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.  Hill will speak afterward.

Here’s a clip from Vito Acconci’s 1976 video The Red Tapes, part 2 of which screens tonight: