Guerrilla Networks

An Anarchaeology of 1970s Radical Media Ecologies

Michael Goddard

Guerrilla Networks

Michael Goddard

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

416 pages | 25 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2018
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9789089648891 Published April 2018 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
The radical youth movements of the 1960s and ’70s gave rise to both militant political groups—ranging from urban guerrilla groups to autonomist counterculture—and radical media, including radio, music, film, video, and television. This book is concerned with both of those tendencies considered as bifurcations of radical media ecologies in the 1970s. While some of the forms of media creativity and invention that mapped here, such as militant film and video, pirate radi,o and guerrilla television, fit within conventional definitions of media, others, such as urban guerrilla groups, do not. Nevertheless what was at stake in all these ventures was the use of available means of expression in order to produce transformative effects, and they were all in different ways responding to ideas and practices of guerrilla struggle and specifically of guerrilla media. This book examines these radical media ecologies as guerrilla networks, emphasizing the proximity and inseparability of radical media and political practices.
 
Contents
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1. Media (An)archaeology, Ecologies, and Minor Knowledges
Introduction: The Long 1970s
Concepts of Media Archaeology, Anarcheology and Media Ecologies
Radical and Guerilla Media
Popular Cultures, Minor Subjugated Knowledges and Expressive Machines
 
2. Armed Guerilla Media Ecologies from Latin America to Europe
Introduction: Contra ‘Mass Mediated Terrorism’
Revolution in the Revolution: The Urban Guerilla Concept from Latin America to Europe and North America
Brigate Rosse and Armed Struggle in Italy
The ‘Baader Meinhof Complex’ and the June 2nd Movement
Weather Variations: Weatherman, the Weather Underground, and the Symbionese Liberation Army
 
3. Autonomy Movements, the Nexus of 1977, and Free Radio
Introduction: Radical Politics, Bifurcations, and the Event
Italian Workerism and Autonomia
1977 as Nexus: The Movement of 1977, Creative Autonomia, and Punk
Rebellious Radio from Marconi to Free Radios
Media beyond ‘Socialist Strategy’: Enzenberger, Baudrillard, and the Genealogy of Radio Alice
The Media Ecology of Radio Alice
 
4 Militant Anti-Cinemas, Minor Cinemas and the Anarchive Film
Introduction: Destroying the (Cinema) Apparatus, Transforming the (Audiovisual) Machine
Militant Anti-Cinemas in the 1970s
Mino Anti-Cinemas: Anti Psychiatric, Heretical, Feminist, and Postcolonial
The Counter-Public Sphere, Anarchival Film, and Documentary Symptomatologies
 
5 Ecologies of Radical and Guerrilla Television
Introduction: Cinema/Television/Video or Cain vs. Abel Revisited Sonimage, Fassbinder, and Radical Auteur Television
Ecologies of Guerilla Television: Ant Farm, Raindance Corporation, TVTV, and Radical Software
 
Conclusion: Terms of Cybernetic Warfare
Endnotes
Bibliography
Key Film, Television, and Video Cited
Index
 
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