Talks

On Television

Why hasn’t art responded to the rise of the complex TV of the HBO era?

Considering its engagement with visual culture, why hasn’t art responded to the rise of the complex television of the HBO era? Although many artists watch everything from Breaking Bad to 30 Rock, art tends to engage with trash television, not high-quality productions such as The Wire or Mad Men. Why, despite its huge cultural significance, does television not have a greater influence on contemporary art?

Participants:
Jonty Claypole (Executive Producer, BBC Arts, London)
Melanie Gilligan (Artist, London)
Timotheus Vermeulen (Writer and Lecturer, Groningen)
Chair: Aaron Schuster (Philosopher and Writer, Berlin)