Gene Youngblood

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Gene Youngblood (1942) is a theorist of media arts and politics, and a 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. 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.


  • Expanded Cinema, intro. R. Buckminster Fuller, New York: E.P. Dutton, 1970, 432 pp.
    • Cine expandido, Buenos Aires: EDUNTREF, Editorial De La Universidad Nacional De Tres De Febrero, 2012. (Spanish)
  • World Game, Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 1970.
  • Metaphysical Structuralism: The Videotapes of Bill Viola, Santa Monica: Voyager Press, 1986.
  • "Secession from the Broadcast: The Internet and the Crisis of Social Control", Millennium Film Journal 58: "Since 78", Fall 2013, pp 174-189. Adapted from a lecture and seminar presented in Nov 2012 at the Biennale of the Moving Image at Universidad Nacional De Tres De Febrero in Buenos Aires. Video.