Radical Software Group is a loosely defined ensemble of artists and programmers, working collaboratively in digital media. Radical Software Group, or RSG (named for Radical Software, the seminal 1970s magazine), has focused on network environments and interface design, including the award-winning software tool Carnivore.
Founded in 1969 by Frank Gillette, Paul Ryan, Michael Shamberg and Ira Schneider, Raindance was a media collective that proposed radical theories and philosophies of video as an alternative form of cultural communication. Influenced by the theories of Marshall McLuhan and Buckminster Fuller, the collective explored the relation of cybernetics, media and ecology. From 1970 to 1974, Raindance published the seminal video journal, Radical Software.
Pioneering performance and media artist Anthony Ramos was among the earliest video artists to use the medium as a tool for a critique of the mass media, and for giving agency to marginalized communities and individuals. In his powerful but rarely seen video works of the 1970s, Ramos sought to combine art and activism, the political and the conceptual. His video works and performances often reference his time in prison for draft resistance during the Vietnam War.
From indictments of America's culture of violence to lamentations of spiritual loss, Daniel Reeves' body of work constitutes an elaboration of video poetics. Reeves' works address dispossession and social upheaval with a highly lyrical sensibility, and from an outlook informed by Eastern philosophy.
The pioneering documentary team of John Reilly and Julie Gustafson produced a collaborative body of work from 1972 until 1986. Utilizing a video-verité approach and a literary narrative technique, they scrutinized trenchant political and social issues in American society. Their portraits of people coping with cultural and political change analyze what it means to be American, and explore the universality of human experience.
Pipilotti Rist burst onto the international art scene with visually lush video works and multimedia installations that explore female sexuality and media culture, remixing fantasy and the everyday. In the 1980s and '90s the Swiss-born Rist made a series of tapes in which she subverted the form of the music video to explore the female voice and body in pop cultural representations, merging rock music, electronic manipulation, and performance.
In her work in video, photo-text, performance, critical writing and installation, Martha Rosler constructs incisive social and political analyses of the myths and realities of contemporary culture. Articulated with deadpan wit, her video works investigate how socioeconomic realities and political ideologies dominate ordinary life. Presenting complex critical analyses in accessible forms, Rosler's video works merge performance, narrative, documentary, and mass media images.
A founding member of the pioneering media collective Raindance, Paul Ryan was also a theroetician of the early video movement in the 1970s, as well as an influential writer and teacher. Influenced by Marshall McLuhan and his theories of cybernetics and media ecology, Ryan's video work includes exercises in human behavior and relationships, as well as studies in urban and natural ecological systems.