06 Mar 2014

Holyoke citizens will get Public Access TV

Mega-cable company Comcast has signed a 10 year renewal contract with the City of Holyoke. For the first time in decades, the contract is favorable to the citizens of our city. The negotiations were led by Mayor Alex Morse and a group of members who have helped to advise him on matters pertaining to Public Access Programming. Notably, Al Williams from Northampton Community Television has been instrumental in steering the advisory committee in “all things Public Access”. The three arms of cable access programming are commonly referred to as “PEG”. Public, Education, Government. Holyoke has had television channels for education and government programming but until now, has never had the “Public” channel. Along with this dedicated channel, Comcast will fund the building of a state of the art media center that will be available to all residents of Holyoke – who have a desire to create content – and that can be watched on TV sets of any Comcast cable subscriber in the city. A percentage of the Gross Annual Revenue of all Holyoke Cable subscribers will be directed toward the operating budget of the access station. There are other important benefits that this new contract will bring; all of the details can be seen on the City of Holyoke’s website. In addition to the work and effort of the mayor and the advisory committee members, the citizens of Holyoke are to be thanked for their effort. There were two ascertainment hearings and others submitted statements regarding cable TV and public access for Holyoke. Thanks to advisory committee member Michael Hines and Holyoke Public Schools Channel 12 (The E in PEG) for the great footage of the announcement.

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24 Jan 2014

Video on PCS80 – Denis Luzuriaga

A camera, a projector, a Friday.

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18 Dec 2013

Plasti-city

This is the kind of ingenuity that Holyokers possess. Holyoke Hummus Company is an example. Let’s get creative with food in this town.

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15 Dec 2013

Out of Town Noir – Baird Soules

The Professor has a couple of things he’d like to say…

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14 Dec 2013

Growing food with zero heating in Holyoke

Jonathan Bates is better known for the food forest he and his colleague Eric Toensmeier planted on their 1/10th of an acre urban lot in Holyoke, Massachusetts. When I visited him in February, most of the lot and its 200 plant species were still covered with snow, but Jonathan showed me around their eco-shelter. Thanks to good insulation and thermal mass, the passive greenhouse maintains above freezing temperatures all winter, and allows them to grow food throughout the year.

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14 Dec 2013

Video Tagging in Holyoke

Nothing else to do on a Friday evening in Holyoke except drive around with Sara Krohn and throw some video on buildings. -Denis Luzuriaga

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14 Dec 2013

About SWITCH

SWITCH was created by a group of artists who work in many disciplines and have exhibited and performed in venues locally, nationally, as well as internationally. Artists such as Jessica Higgins, Erika Knerr, Mary Averill, Denis Luzuriaga, GLOVE, David Teeple, Matt Waugh, John Landino. “Using tools from the latest imaging hardware, to video cameras from the 1970′s; digital editing suites to analog video switchers – we document our performance happenings and turn them in to the show we call SWITCH”. This half-hour program is also available on Community Access Television Stations in Massachusetts and beyond. Information about showing SWITCH on your local station can be obtained at PegMedia.org. “PegMedia.org is a media transfer site for PEG (Public, Education, Government) community television stations and producers of media for these stations.”

A sampling of 30 individual performances ranging from Vintage Fluxus, to Intermedia Forms & Works, to Performance Works & Happenings, can be seen here.

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14 Dec 2013

Playing With Tension – Chris Nelson

Installation by Chris Nelson, one of the artists participating in REACH April – May 2013. Kinetic, interactive sculpture installed in historic Wistariahurst Museum.

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23 Sep 2013

SWITCH is a wrap

We’ve decided to end SWITCH at Episode 16, “Insomnia” . On behalf of the contributing artists, and Creative Director Jessica Higgins… Thank you very much for watching, and to Access TV stations for airing our shows. Access TV is a wonderful medium for artists to work in. Stay tuned to HolyokeTV for future projects.

If you are interested in showing SWITCH on your Public Access station, please download the episodes from PegMedia. You can also watch all 16 episodes here.

Denis Luzuriaga

HolyokeTV is Intermedia Television. It is organized by a collective of artists who work in many disciplines

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18 Mar 2013

SWITCH 16 “Insomnia”

“Insomnia” is the sixteenth episode of SWITCH, an arts program created by artists in Western Massachusetts and the NYC area. This episode features Jessica Higgins, Bibbe Hansen, Alison Knowles, Joshua Selman, and William Stone. SWITCH is a Holyoke production. For additional information please contact: press at holyoketv.org

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