KQED and SFMOMA on the Go have just made this great documentary short about pioneering video artists in San Francisco in the 1970s — people like Skip Sweeney, who started making abstract "feedback" videos; and Lynn Hershman Leeson, who began as a performance artist in the vein of Cindy Sherman, portraying a character named "Roberta" who had a surveillance photographer following her and documenting dates she went on.

Also, do you know about the Kill Your TV movement? A lot of that was going on here too. And there's terrific footage of an event the Ant Farm collective staged on July 4, 1975 where the crashed a car through a pyramid of burning televisions. Needless to say, local newscasters were confused.

It's a swell little doc. Watch it.

[h/t: Laughing Squid]