Beyond Broadcast: Artists and the Future of Public Service TV

21 January 2015 7pm

Mercer Union is delighted to announce that Maeve Connolly will be the fifth guest of our fORUM series.

Since at least the 1960s, artists have been drawn toward broadcasting, sometimes seeking access to new technologies and broader audiences or opportunities to interrogate television as a cultural form. In recent years, however, collaborations between artists and broadcasters have changed, resulting in installation works or online projects in addition to, or instead of, projects for transmission. In this lecture Connolly will examine new forms and contexts of art-TV collaboration, framing projects by artists such as Gerard Byrne, Kathryn Elkins, Luke Fowler, Liz Magic Laser and Katya Sander within an exploration of the altered economic, political and cultural status of public service TV.

Maeve Connolly is a writer, researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Art, Design & Technology in Dublin, where she co-directs the MA in Art & Research Collaboration. She is the author of TV Museum: Contemporary Art and the Age of Television (Intellect, 2014) and The Place of Artists’ Cinema: Space, Site and Screen (Intellect, 2009), and her writing has also appeared in various journals and magazines, including Afterall, Artforum, Art Monthly, Frieze, Journal of Curatorial Studies, MIRAJ and Screen. She has contributed to publications on the work of Bik Van der Pol, Gerard Byrne, Phil Collins, Jesse Jones, Bea McMahon, Niamh O’Malley, Sarah Pierce and Susan Philipsz, among others, and has curated screening programmes at venues such as Darklight Film Festival, FACT, the Irish Film Institute, LUX, Project Arts Centre and Tate Modern.

fORUM is a monthly series of talks, lectures, interviews, screenings and performances held in the gallery at Mercer Union. The series is generously supported by The Hal Jackman Foundation