Gene Youngblood

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Gene Youngblood
Born(1942-05-30)May 30, 1942
Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
DiedApril 6, 2021(2021-04-06) (aged 78)
Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
OccupationFilm and culture critic; professor of film and video history, media arts, and media democracy
Nancy Marilyn Youngblood
(m. 1970; div. 1980)
(m. 2012)
RelativesWalter Denson Youngblood (father)
Marie Jean Youngblood (mother)
Kenneth L. Youngblood (brother)

Gene Youngblood (May 30, 1942 – April 6, 2021)[1] [2] was a 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 has taught, written, and lectured since 1967.[4][5] [6]


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), 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. 7 April 2021. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  2. ^ Greenberger, Alex (7 April 2021). "Gene Youngblood, Writer of Influential 'Expanded Cinema' Book, Has Died at 78". ARTnews. Retrieved 7 April 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. 29 July 2010.
  5. ^ Youngblood, Gene (1970). "The Videosphere". Radical Software. pp. 17-18.
  6. ^ Youngblood, Gene (2013). "Secession from the Broadcast: the Internet and the Crisis of Social Control". Millennium Film Journal. pp. 174-189.
  7. ^ Youngblood, Gene (1967–1970). "Los Angeles Free Press Articles by Gene Youngblood". Los Angeles Free Press.CS1 maint: date format (link)

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