thanks both for your thoughts, which are very much along the lines of what we are considering in terms of how these works might be viewed retrospectively....
indeed what seems to make them stand out is that they were new commissions, new content, not just new platforms for distribution of pre-existing works.
as an aside to Honor, there is a student in Curating on this list who has been meaning to post a research question about The Space (BBC and ACE), so perhaps she'll chime in on that too.
keep 'em coming!
On 19 Jan 2012, at 13:07, honor wrote:
> Hi Sarah,
> Thanks for the prompt to consider these questions, which are particularly timely
> I think, in light of The Space, the collaboration between the BBC and the Arts
> It would be interesting to see whether anything that qualifies as "artists'
> television" is supported through The Space ...
> If not, I wonder what other vehicles of support and distribution there are in
> the UK for this type of practice at the moment? Perhaps video platforms such
> as Vimeo and YouTube have negated the need for more institutionalised systems
> of support? And does something like FACT's artplayer
> (http://www.artplayer.tv/) offer opportunities in this area? Or are platforms
> like this more of a distribution platform for pre-existing work?
> I know these observation don't really help you with your art historical research
> ;-) - but it just struck me as a resonant moment to be exploring such questions,
> in light of the Arts Council's investments into art and broadcasting here in the
> Honor Harger
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> Quoting Sarah Cook <[log in to unmask]>:
>> 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
>> 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.
>> Thanks all,
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