Exhibition

Home Screen Home

16 July to 27 Sep. 1998

Exhibition view

Exhibition view

Artists began making their first forays into television around 1969, when portable video equipment started to become available. For many artists, video offered an instrument of rebellion against mainstream television programming. It was beginning to seem as though television was exerting an excessive and harmful influence on society, and artists started to examine its effects on audiences who had come to see their TV sets as simply another piece of furniture in their homes, and also as a direct source of cultural information.

For other artists, TV was a medium that offered an escape route from the institutionalised art world. Video was part of a broader trend that challenged the traditional artistic object through non-tradable forms of art such as performance, conceptual art, Land Art and Body Art.

Curated by the filmmaker Michael Shamerg, Home Screen Home presented video works made for television, from critical tapes from the sixties and seventies to the latest video clips and advertisements. The exhibition included pieces by Sadie Benning, Kathryn Bigelow, Donigan Cumming, Atom Egoyan, Robert Frank, Nancy Holt, Joan Jonas, Chris Marker, Antoni Muntadas, Mark Romanek, Martha Rosler, Lawrence Weiner and Peter Wollen, among others.

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