Artists and television have a rich history of dialogue and exchange from early broadcast experiments and collaborations to interventions and artist-run television projects.

TV as Material 1: Artists and Archive at the BBC

This event showcases a diverse range of artists’ approaches both to television and the archive, including new works by Kate Davis, Kathryn Elkin, Luke Fowler, Torsten Lauschmann, Stephen Sutcliffe and Alia Syed, followed by a discussion. 

TV as Material 2: Broadcast Collaborations

TV as Material 3: The Television Studio

The material structures of the TV studio, including sets, production apparatus and control rooms, provide a starting point and a setting for many contemporary artists seeking to explore television’s changing institutional architecture and culture.

This weekend will explore the ways in which TV has been used as a material by artists with newly produced contemporary works and rare historical projects.

It will feature the London premiere of BBC Arts and LUX commissioned films by Turner Prize nominee Luke Fowler among others, and a screening of Jef Cornelis’s legendary broadcast experiment The Longest Day. 

Illustrated talks and discussions will examine the various ways in which artists have sought to reimagine television, exploring its history and archives and producing new works that unpack television formats and investigate the architecture of the TV studio.

With contributions from participating artists, Maeve Connolly, author of TV Museum: Contemporary Art and the Age of Television and Koen Brams, curator of the Jef Cornelis exhibition at Liverpool Biennial 2014.

Curated by George Clark

Tate Film is supported by LUMA Foundation