Erica Levin completed her Ph.D. in Film and Media at Berkeley in 2014 and is currently Assistant Professor of Art History at the Ohio State University.
She is completing a book entitled, The Channeled Image: Art and Media Politics After Television, which examines experiments by artists, radical filmmakers, and public television broadcasters in the 1960s concerned with the way images are mobilized and tuned-in as signals. Much of the most interesting media experimentation during this period, including, the staging of “electromedia” environments, live screening events, and televised happenings invites us to look again at political events (protests, riots, and assassinations) which threw television’s power as a medium into relief, events which also set the stage for struggles over access to the airwaves going forward.
Levin’s teaching and research focuses on intersections between avant-garde cinema, documentary film, post-war art, performance, and visual culture. Her writing has been published in Media-N, World Picture, Millennium Film Journal, Discourse, and in the collections Carolee Schneemann: Unforgivable; Hybrid Practices: Art in Collaboration with Science and Technology in the Long 1960s; and The Routledge Companion to Cinema & Gender. Her recent essay, “To Change the Form of Film: Experiments in Cinema Against the Television War” appears in Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965–1975 (Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2019).