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TV Interruptions (7 TV Pieces): The Installation

David Hall

Multi-screen video installation

TV Interruptions (7 TV Pieces): The Installation

Ten works commissioned by the Scottish Arts Council were broadcast, unannounced, by Scottish TV in August/September 1971. Later, seven were compiled as TV Interruptions (7 TV Pieces). 'These have come to be regarded as the first example of British artists' television and as an equally formative moment in British video art.'
Diverse Practices: A Critical Reader on British Video Art, 1996.

These works were initially broadcast as television interventions but subsequent single-screen gallery viewings cannot give a sense of the original context. This alternative display exhibits them as a multi-faceted installation, all seven screening at the same time, each continuously looping on seven separate monitors randomly placed in close proximity in a single space. The sound conflicts and viewers simultaneously see parts of others as they attempt to concentrate on one. This induces 'difficulties', as it was when they first appeared on TV, creating a situation analogous to the original experience..... intervention, on this occasion in a gallery environment. DH 2006

First shown in Rewind, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, 2006, later at First Generation: Art and the Moving Image (1963-1986), Museo Nacional Centro de ARte Reina Sofia, Madrid, 2006.

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