BP Spotlight: David Hall: TV Interruptions

David Hall TV Interruptions

David Hall TV Interruptions (7 TV Pieces): the Installation 1971-2006
© David Hall

David Hall TV Interruptions

David Hall TV Interruptions (7 TV Pieces): the Installation 1971-2006
© David Hall

David Hall TV Interruptions

David Hall TV Interruptions (7 TV Pieces): the Installation 1971-2006
© David Hall

TV Interruptions is an installation consisting of seven video works that were initially conceived as short interventions to be broadcast on television as part of the Edinburgh Festival in 1971.

The videos depict various actions, ranging from a burning television set to a running household tap. It was crucial for the artist that the works appeared unannounced and with no credit, disturbing passive viewing.

In the gallery installation, the videos are shown on seven randomly clustered monitors. Viewing is interrupted as sound and image merge and conflict, evoking a similar experience to when the works were originally shown on television.

Starting as a sculptor, David Hall became a pioneer of video art in Britain. He was involved with the Artist Placement Group and in 1976 he initiated and was a founder of London Video Arts – now LUX – which provided video artists with a platform to exhibit and distribute their work