Broadcast explores the ways in which artists since the late 1960s have engaged with, critiqued, and inserted themselves into official channels of broadcast television and radio. By co-opting the sounds, images, and presentation strategies of our culture’s dominant forms of mass media, the artists reveal the mechanisms and power structures of broadcasting systems and challenge their authority and influence.
The exhibition spans four decades of work by an international group of artists. It begins with Nam June Paik’s manipulated news footage from the late 1960s and moves on to Chris Burden’s infamous 1971 hostage-taking of a TV host at knifepoint; and TVTV’s iconoclastic broadcast from the floor of the 1972 Republican convention. The exhibition ends with a 1980 work made by Doug Hall, Chip Lord, and Jody Procter as artists-in-residence at a Texas news station.
Recent works in the exhibition include the pirate FM radio-station installation that Gregory Green initiated in the basement of his New York gallery in 1995, neuroTransmitter’s live radio transmissions, and Siebren Versteeg’s manipulations of cable news.
Broadcast is a traveling exhibition co-organized by the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, and iCI (independent Curators International), New York; circulated by iCI.