Co-curated by Sarah Cook and Kathy Rae Huffman for AV Festival 08.
Broadcast Yourself is an international group exhibition that contextualises the current trend of sharing videos online (on websites such as YouTube) through the presentation of works of video art and web-based art from the 1970s to the 1990s. It includes the work of a diverse group of artists who have challenged television culture and questioned what it means to undertake the personal act of putting oneself ‘on-air’.
Works presented ranged from Bill Viola’s Reverse Television — Portraits of Viewers (1984), where he filmed American television viewers and broadcast the footage back out at them as they watched television, to Shaina Anand’s Khirkee Yaan Project (2006) from New Delhi, an exploration of what happens when you connect people via an open circuit TV system.
Active Ingredient (Rachel Jacobs / Matt Watkins), Shaina Anand, Ian Breakwell, Chris Burden, Stan Douglas, Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz, Alistair Gentry, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Doug Hall, Chip Lord and Jody Proctor, Joanie 4 Jackie (Miranda July et al.), Pat Naldi and Wendy Kirkup, TV Swansong (curated by Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie), Bill Viola, Van Gogh TV, 56Ktv Bastard Channel (curated by Reinhard Storz / xcult.org)
February 28 – April 5. (Newcastle) Hatton Gallery
June 13 – August 10. (Manchester) Cornerhouse