Television creates political bodies because it happens to many people at the same time: through the medium, people stay informed of collective stories, gather in bars and homes to witness, and cast ballots for idols, using the TV as instrument itself. Directed by television’s innate ability to create publics, and the common usage of livestreaming in contemporary populous movements, ACRE TV will spend January through March 2015 broadcasting moving image work that explores broadcast art and it’s ability to function as a catalyst for moving bodies. Direct Object/Direct Action will air live, canned, episodic, durational and experimental broadcast works that position the stream as an instrument as opposed to a stage, as well as works that address the concept and histories of political direct actions.
Direct Object/Direct Action includes a 108-hour durational work by James N. Kienitz Wilkins; episodic shows by The Institute for New Feeling (Scott Andrew, Agnes Bolt & Nina Sarnelle), Ellen Mueller, Leslie Rogers, and Theo Shure; an audio piece by Soheila Azadi; video works by Blair Bogin & Mothergirl (Katy Albert & Sophia Hamilton), Eli Burke, Adam Castle, Thomas Comerford, Jaime Davidovich, Amanda Gutierrez, Bret Hamilton, Annetta Kapon, Adam Knight, Mike Newton, David Politzer, Sunita Prasad, Heath Schultz, and Willy Smart; and a LIVE event on February 27, in which the stream will operate as a prop/instrument/soundtrack for the night of IRL performances featuring Melina Ausikaitis, Danny Giles, Leslie Rogers, and Neal Vandenbergh.
In conjunction with Jaime Davidovich: Outreach 1974 – 1984 and in the spirit of continuing the legacy of artist-made television, ACRE TV will be installed and broadcast in the gallery during the run of the exhibition. Programmed by Kera MacKenzie, Jesse Malmed, Andrew Mausert-Mooney and Nick Wylie
ACRE TV is an artist-made livestreaming tele-vision network featuring live and canned videos, performances, durational works, and experimental broadcasts. It is run in the collaborative spirit of ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions). ACRE TV programs a series of two-month continuous streams based on a theme.
Support for this project was provided by The Propeller Fund, a grant jointly administrated Threewalls and Gallery 400 at The University of Illinois at Chicago.