Good question. In many cases this is just a matter of (artistic) age. If you were active in the 80's with moving image you had to have a relationship with TV, if only to reject it and work in opposition. However, with the emergence of the internet, TV lost its hegemony for media practice, at least in terms of distribution. Now that the internet has the reach and bandwidth it has TV appears to have even less urgency - it is almost a ghetto amongst media now, no longer the big kid on the block. Artists like Thomson and Craighead can choose to engage TV but there is no longer an imperative for them to do so. Nor is there an imperative for artists to situate their work in opposition to TV. It is no longer the behemoth that would justify such a strategy. TV is just another medial modality and is currently being remediated by social and ubiquitous media. That's what has changed. I'd say that is definitely a shift.
On 19 Jan 2012, at 14:42, Sarah Cook wrote:
> sorry, me again.
> just been mulling over this thought...
> On 19 Jan 2012, at 13:45, Simon Biggs wrote:
> The number of media artists active in the pre-internet era who have migrated to the net as their primary platform for distribution ... is a testament to the death of an artistic medium (video art) and perhaps the death of TV.
> how does it relate to artists who never worked with TV or video in those experimental days of the 1980s but, because they were younger perhaps, started first to work with the web in the late 90s, and then, once comfortable with that level of 'broadcast' then made work for television in the 00s?
> I am thinking, perhaps, not just of Pope and Guthrie, but also Thomson & Craighead and a few of the other Channel 4 commissioned artists here in the UK, but I am sure there must be other examples internationally.
> Is this a different shift?
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