Transmissions. Art on TV
Since 1969, when Nam June Paik, Allan Kaprow and several other artists brought art into the TV studio on the occasion of their joint live artistic broadcast, TV transmission has become a vital area of artists' activity. In Poland, already at the beginning of the 1970s, research on its potential was pioneered by the members of the Workshop of the Film Form at the Film School in Łódź and artists affiliated with Oskar Hansen's studio at the Academy of Arts in Warsaw.
The screening 'Transmissions' looks at the TV studio as a contemporary art laboratory, where Polish artists not only carry out media analyses and pose questions about the mechanisms of shaping TV content, but also expand the reach of their activities by extracting them from their usual context.
They get across to new audiences, which they often treat rather as the object than recipients of their investigations, like in the live performance of Grupa Sędzia Główny on TVP Kultura in 2005. The works on display on the one hand manifest fascination by TV's presence in our lives, while on the other stem from profound concerns related to its ambiguous impact.