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David Hall. ‘TV Interruptions (7 TV Pieces)’

18 May — 27 March 2017

"TV Interruptions (7 TV Pieces): The Installation" at "Changing Channels: Art and Television 1963-1987, Museum of Modern Art (MUMOK), Vienna, 2010

‘TV Interruptions (7 TV Pieces) were my first works for TV, and are a selection from the original ten. Conceived and made specifically for broadcast, they were transmitted by Scottish TV during the Edinburgh Festival in 1971. The idea of inserting them as interruptions to regular programs was crucial and a major influence on their content. That they appeared unannounced, with no titles (two or three times a day for ten days), was essential. These transmissions were a surprise, a mystery. The TV was permanently on but the occupants were oblivious to it, reading newspapers or dozing. When the TV began to fill with water, newspapers dropped, the dozing stopped. When the piece finished, normal activity was resumed. When announcing to shop assistants and engineers in a local TV shop that another was about to appear, they welcomed me in. When it finished, I was obliged to leave quickly by the back door. I took these as positive reactions.’ — David Hall, 1990

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