Gene Youngblood

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Gene Youngblood
Youngblood in 2012
Youngblood in 2012
Born(1942-05-30)May 30, 1942
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
DiedApril 6, 2021(2021-04-06) (aged 78)
Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.
OccupationFilm and culture critic; professor of film and video history, media arts, and media democracy
Nancy Marilyn Youngblood
(m. 1970; div. 1980)
Jane Youngblood
(m. 2012)

Gene Youngblood (May 30, 1942 – April 6, 2021)[1][2] was an American theorist of media arts and politics, and a respected scholar in the history and theory of alternative cinemas. His best-known book, Expanded Cinema, was the first to consider video as an art form and has been credited with helping to legitimate the fields of computer art and media arts.[3][4] He is also known for his pioneering work in the media democracy movement, a subject on which he taught, wrote, and lectured, beginning in 1967.[4][5][6]


Youngblood circa 1980

For ten years in the 1960s, Gene Youngblood was a journalist for newspapers, television, and radio in Los Angeles. He was a reporter and film critic for the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner (1962–1967), a reporter for KHJ-TV, arts commentator for KPFK, and from 1967 to 1970 he was associate editor and columnist for the Los Angeles Free Press,[7] the first and largest of the underground newspapers of that era.


Youngblood has held several academic posts in his career, but is best known for his time with the Film/Video School at California Institute of the Arts and for helping to found the Moving Image Arts department at the College of Santa Fe.



  1. ^ "Gene Youngblood (1942–2021)". Artforum. April 7, 2021. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  2. ^ Greenberger, Alex (April 7, 2021). "Gene Youngblood, Writer of Influential 'Expanded Cinema' Book, Has Died at 78". ARTnews. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  3. ^ Manovich, Lev. 2002. "Ten Key Texts on Digital Art: 1970–2000". Leonardo. 35 (5): 567–569.
  4. ^ a b Secession Trailer 1F Dir. Bryan Konefsky. Intvw. Steve Benedict, John Hanhardt, Chrissie Iles, and Steve Seid. Vimeo. Web. July 29, 2010.
  5. ^ Youngblood, Gene (1970). The Videosphere. pp. 17–18. OCLC 1099678911. {{cite book}}: |work= ignored (help)
  6. ^ Youngblood, Gene (2013). Secession from the Broadcast: the Internet and the Crisis of Social Control. pp. 174–189. OCLC 5537628132. {{cite book}}: |work= ignored (help)
  7. ^ Youngblood, Gene (1967–1970). "Los Angeles Free Press Articles by Gene Youngblood". Los Angeles Free Press.

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