David Cort
American , born 1935
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

David Cort was a pioneering media artist and activist of the late 1960s, whose involvement was in large part because of his attraction to the newly invented portable video camera. Cort, who has a background in theater, initially began creating his body of work by documenting political events, and eventually amassed hundreds of hours of footage. From these, he created interactive environments, installations, and “video theater”. Cort was also famed for his involvement with Videofreex, a media collective active in the countercultural scene of New York in the 1970s, which subsequently founded the premier pirate TV station LanesvilleTV. In reflecting on his involvement with video art, Cort has said: “It’s almost like a responsibility you have to take, that you have to work with because it’s all-pervasive.”

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