Gene Youngblood (born 30 May 1942), is 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.[1][2] 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.[2]

Gene Youngblood
BornGene Youngblood
30 May 1942 (1942-05-30) (age 77)
Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
OccupationFilm and culture critic; professor of film and video history, media arts, and media democracy


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, 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, 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 (now Santa Fe University of Art and Design).


  • Youngblood, Gene. Cine Expandido. Buenos Aires: EDUNTREF, Editorial De La Universidad Nacional De Tres De Febrero, 2012. Spanish edition of Expanded Cinema. Print.
  • Godard, Jean-Luc, and David Sterritt. Jean-Luc Godard: Interviews. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1998. Print.
  • Youngblood, Gene. Metaphysical Structuralism: The Videotapes of Bill Viola. Santa Monica: Voyager Press, 1986. Print.
  • Youngblood, Gene. Expanded Cinema. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1970. Print.
  • Youngblood, Gene. World Game. Carbondale, Illinois: Southern Illinois University Press, 1970. Print.


  1. ^ Manovich, Lev. 2002. "Ten Key Texts on Digital Art: 1970–2000". Leonardo. 35 (5): 567–569.
  2. ^ a b Secession Trailer 1F Dir. Bryan Konefsky. Intvw. Steve Benedict, John Hanhardt, Chrissie Iles, and Steve Seid. Vimeo. Web. 29 July 2010.

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