Hello CRUMB list
as you are all eminently smart about art and technology and the history of art I have a request.
There is a forthcoming publication from the Finnish Institute in London about artists' works and community television and I'm informally working with Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie to help them recontextualise their project TV Swansong. We'd like to gather some thoughts related to this project's place in history from you all, before the end of next week.
At the time (2002, a decade ago) TV Swansong was billed as:
"a cross-media art project which commissioned 8 new works reflecting on the current state of flux in television with idiosyncratic responses to its past, present and future." http://www.swansong.tv/
Some of you might remember the exhibition I cocurated with Kathy Rae Huffman on a similar topic - http://www.broadcastyourself.net/ - for AV Festival in 2008, which included TV Swansong's archive. A question we asked with Broadcast Yourself was how did we get here, to this moment of many online platforms for dissemination of broadcast work (the end of television?) - and what initiatives did artists take before this point.
So we are wondering the same thing again now: how do works which deal with the 'current state' of technology age?
How are works which were once live supposed to be exist within the history of art and technology in archived form?
Is television dead? Is artist's television dead? Was TV Swansong ever considered as community television, or indeed television at all (as it was webcast)?
Can artists continue to contribute in their work to discussions around community television and if so, how?
As this is an informal chat we welcome any and all responses, which, with your permission, we'd like to quote in the dialogues we hope to be included in the publication.
You can email back offlist if you like.
We've got til the end of next week... and we'll launch some regular monthly discussions on CRUMB after that.
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