Media Archeology and Analog Ghosts

BYOTV : Week Four

Reluctant to give up on ghosts, BYOTV offers undead media melees, haunted worlds, B-movie kitsch and chilling outlooks in Week Four. Iconic ghost-forms lingering on after the Atari age permeate the work of Shalo P., co-mingled with antennae-equipped aliens, otherworldly interference and creature features fading into the ether in an assortment from Jeffrey Sconce, Jeremy Newman, Carl Diehl, Deborah Stratman and others. Conspiratorial frequencies amp up with Ann Steurnagel, Tony Gault and explode in the epic “Spectres of the Spectrum,” Craig Baldwin’s speculative account of the New Electromagnetic Order charting the histories of telegraphy, radio, television and the Internet!

On Saturday April 19th @ 7pm, The Video Gentlemen present “Media Archeology,” the second in-studio live broadcast. Featuring techocultural curiosities, research and analysis, questions and answers from Stephen Slappe, Kate Mondloch, and YOU:

Static Age: The Early Years of Television Culture A presentation by Stephen Slappe
This program of archival 16mm films examines the early years of television as a technological and cultural phenomenon. The program includes behind-the-scenes glimpses at television studios as well as references to television in popular culture from the 1930’s to the 1960’s.

Look at This: The Problem of Participation in 1970s Video Installation
A presentation by Kate Mondloch

Look at This scrutinizes how media objects and their customary viewing regimes actively define the relationship between bodies and screens in media installation art. The talk complicates the notion of an inherently progressive, liberatory “spectator participation” that is celebrated in most accounts of media installation by detailing the ways in which screens are also capable of generating oppressive viewing conditions that strictly delimit the viewer’s interaction with the work.


~ by thevideogentlemen on April 13, 2008.

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