The Revolution Will Not Be Televised Screening

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised Screening

Date: 
05.02.2011 18:30
Festival edition: 
2011
Format: 
Screening
Location: 
HKW
Lecture Hall
Sun in Your Head (Televison Décollage), Wolf Vostell
Sun in Your Head (Televison Décollage), Wolf Vostell

In the 1960s, television was plainly the dominant medium against which all others had to align themselves. At the same time, an intense debate began that continues until today. This programme presents eight examples of works on the subject.

In the 1960s, television was plainly the dominant medium against which all others had to align themselves. At the same time, an intense debate began that continues until today. Tomorrow Television was taped shortly before the end of the Second World War, and viewed the new medium as solemnly as National Socialist television: "Television can be the window to the whole world, a medium through which the united nations can better understand each other and live together in the world of tomorrow." Sun in Your Head (Television Décollage) is one of the first artistic works that deals with television itself. Filz TV, developed in conjunction with the television series Identifications, also deals physically with the television set. A Commercial for Myself is one part of a complex artistic project about identity and an early example of the ‘Strategy of the Fake’. The election clip Grüne zur Bundestagswahl, too, uses the television to criticise it in an epic presentation. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised refers to the intangibility of the medium: real change is not found on TV, but on the streets: "You will not be able to stay home, brother. You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out." With God Respects Us When We Work But He Loves Us When We Dance, the documentary of a 1967 love-in, the programme makes a radical shift towards the public, physical presence of protest – which the film itself of course, again medialises. Match is a found-footage work of a pre-arranged hooligan brawl, which was originally recorded with three cameras by the hooligans themselves and dubbed as an installation. Questions of political, media and physical analysis are reduced, by the end of the programme, to the proud self-representation of violence.

Tomorrow Television
, us 1940s, 13 min
Sun in Your Head (Televison Décollage), Wolf Vostell, de 1963, 8 min
Filz TV, Joseph Beuys, de 1970, 12 min
A Commercial for Myself, Lynn Hershman Leeson, us 1978, 2 min
Grüne zur Bundestagswahl, Helke Sander, de 1987, 3 min
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, Stuart Baker, uk 1988, 4 min
God Respects Us When We Work But He Loves Us When We Dance, Les Blank, us 1968, 20 min
Match, Martin Brand, de 2005, 9 min*

* Director will attend screening and Q & A.

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