Keith Arnatt
Self-Burial (Television Interference Project) 1969

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Keith Arnatt 1930–2008
Self-Burial (Television Interference Project)
Date 1969
Medium 9 photographs, gelatin silver prints on paper on board
Dimensions Image (x 9 @): 467 x 467 mm
frame (x 9 @): 477 x 477 mm
overall (variable): 1619 x 1619 mm
Acquisition Presented by Westdeutsches Fernsehen 1973
Not on display

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Arnatt was fascinated with works of art that are created in the natural landscape but leave no trace of their presence behind. ‘The continual reference to the disappearance of the art object suggested to me the eventual disappearance of the artist himself’, he wrote. This sequence of photographs was broadcast on German television in October 1969. One photo was shown each day, for about two seconds, sometimes interrupting whatever programme was being shown at peak viewing time. They were neither announced nor explained – viewers had to make what sense of them they could.

April 2009

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