Ulises Carrión, 1987, 10'06''

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TV-Tonight-Video is video work completely made up of fragments and images out of newscasts, comedy shows, tv-shows and commercials: a collage of stolen television material. The voice-over comments on television and how it’s ruled by the laws of reality: it doesn’t matter if the viewer sees the news, a soap opera or an advertisement: they are all equally real. Later, it explains how television differs from video: while it uses the same transmitting medium, it does not conform to codes and unwritten laws, like television. Video is a free medium. Also, there is a big difference between the watching of television and the watching of a video. The television often is left playing without people really watching. It’s just a permanent presence of sounds and imags. Watching a video is more like ceremony, the voice-over explains. You insert the tape in the player and then watch it consciously. “Broadcasting the same video on TV would cancel out the ceremonial quality.”
With this work Carrión distances video work from a television programme.

  • Date: 1987
  • Length: 10'06''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: conceptual, discourse / essay
  • Keywords: reality, art, video (subject), television (subject)