Serial works, in which ideas unfold through a series of distinct but related parts, were a feature of 1970s Conceptual art

Films showing in this section: 

3:40 - David Hall TV Interruptions (7 TV Pieces) 1971
4:02 - Ian Breakwell Nine Jokes [The Art World Erupts, Container, Gulp, Yes/No, Sleep, Pea, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Pastorale, Feel.] 1971

David Hall TV Interruptions (7 TV Pieces) 1971

21 minutes. Collection: Artist 

Much of David Hall’s video work has been a critique of broadcast television. A commission from the Scottish Arts Council allowed him to make a series of works to be inserted, unannounced, into Scottish Television’s evening schedule during ten days in the summer of 1971. Using different styles, each in its own way redirects attention to the material reality of the TV set - in the artist’s words TV ‘as object’. 

Biography:

David Hall was born in 1937. He studied at Leicester Art College and the Royal College of Art, London. A sculptor exhibiting internationally in the 60s, Hall turned to film, then in the early 70s video, and did much to establish this and moving-image installation as artforms. He championed video through his column in Studio International, was curator of early important shows, and influenced several generations of emerging artists as a teacher. In 1976 with Krikorian, Partridge, Stuart Marshall and others, he established London Video Arts as an artist-run workshop, distributor and promotional agency. www.davidhallart.com 

Ian Breakwell Nine Jokes [The Art World Erupts, Container, Gulp, Yes/No, Sleep, Pea, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Pastorale, Feel.] 1971

8 minutes. Collection: Collection Lux

The diary with its observations of ‘the side events of daily-life’ and occasional reveries has provided Ian Breakwell with imagery for paintings, books and films. This series of one-line jokes quietly digs at the excessive seriousness of some contemporary conceptual art of the 1970s. 

Biography:

Ian Breakwell was born in 1943. He studied at Derby College of Art and West of England College, Bristol. Active as a painter, filmmaker performer and writer, among his best known works are his Diaries, which have appeared in book form, and as two series of programmes made for Channel Four Television. He was involved in the Artists Placement Group in the 1970s.