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Art and Television

With Essays by S. Berg, I. Blom, D. Daniels, U. Eco, U. Frohne, M. Ries, and S. Waldschmitt

Distributed for Hirmer Publishers


Art and Television

With Essays by S. Berg, I. Blom, D. Daniels, U. Eco, U. Frohne, M. Ries, and S. Waldschmitt

Television is among the most important inventions of the twentieth century, one that developed unique aesthetics and new communication structures. Since it first became popular in the years after World War II, the medium has spread around the globe, to the point where four-fifths of the world’s households own a television set today. But is there a mutual relationship between art and television? And if so, what is it? In Tele-Gen, editors Stephan Berg and Dieter Daniels assemble a distinguished team of writers and artists to delve into the complex and fascinating interaction of television and art.
This book reveals that as television was becoming the first mass visual medium in the early 1960s, the artistic consideration of television was also beginning. It introduces the artistic strategies used to explore television, its specific contents, and its narrative forms in video, film, painting, sculpture, and performance. The resulting artworks range from the sculptural object of the television box to the manipulation of the television image and the use of its structure of lines and pixels. From artists known for their work in this field—including Nam June Paik and Wolf Vostell—to current works by younger artists—such as Thomas Demand, Tobias Rehberger, Ulrich Polster, and Melanie Gilligan—Tele-Gen focuses on the analysis, paraphrasing, and parody of television formats and their pictorial nature. More than five hundred color images accompany the essays, including the first-ever publication in English of “TV: Transparency Lost” by Umberto Eco.
Accompanying an exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Bonn, Tele-Gen sheds new light on the ways television has been explored in painting, drawing, installations, photography, and video art.

352 pages | 584 color plates | 9 1/4 x 12 3/4 | © 2015

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Table of Contents

Stephan Berg, Dieter Daniels, Friedemann Malsch

Dieter Daniels
Viewing Television (as Art)

Stephan Berg
The Rumored Death of Television

Marc Ries
What must we understand About Television in Order to Understand the Art that Makes Reference to It?

Sarah Waldschmitt

Ina Blom
Passive Viewing (Thinking Television)

Ursula Frohne, Christian Katti
TV as Passion: Control, Excess, Construct

Symposium: Expanded Television

Works 1960-1965

John Cage
Bruce Conner
Lee Friedlander
Karl Gerstner
Dennis Hopper
Isidore Isou
Uwe Johnson
Edward Kienholz
Fabio Mauri
Nam June Paik
Martial Raysse
Edgar Reitz
Gerhard Richter, Konard Lueg
Paul Thek
Günther Uecker
Wolf Vostell
Andy Warhol
Lawrence Weiner
Tom Wesselmann

Dieter Daniels
Paleo-Television and Neo-Television after Umberto Eco 

Umberto Eco
TV: Transparency Lost [1983]

Works 1990-2015

Tauba Auerbach
Christiana Baumgartner
Joe Biel
Angela Bulloch
Yvon Chabrowski
Mel Chin & the Gala Committee
Phil Collins
Thomas Demand
Simon Denny
Christoph Draeger, Reynold Reynolds
Harun Farocki
Michel François
Melanie Gilligan
Matthias Groebel
Caroline Hake
Vania Heymann
Stefan Hurtig
Christian Jankowski
Mischa Kuball
M + M (Marc Weis, Martin De Mattia)
Bjørn Melhus
Bea Meyer
Ulrich Polster
Tobias Rehberger
Julian Rosefeldt
Robert Sakrowski
Christoph Schlingensief
Van Gogh TV
Angel Vergara
Joseph Zehrer

Biographies (A-Z)
List of Works
Photo Credits
Exhibitions since 2000 on the Subject of Art and Television

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