14 – 29 Apr 2001

The Far Vision

Persijn Broersen, Anne Bruggenkamp, Mark de Cloe, Arno Coenen, David Djindjikhashvili, Michel van Duyvenbode, George Heidweiller, Rachel de Joode, Koert van Mensvoort, Astrid Menze, Hilde Teerlinck, Allard Zoetman

For a number of years, the editors of W139TV and a host of artists created TV programmes broadcast by the local Amsterdam channel, SALTO.

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Now that audio-visual media has become digitised, it raises questions about the future relevance of such an old medium as television. We will shortly be able to produce our own TV programmes in-house, broadcasting them on the Internet. What can you expect to see, and how? Can art and television successfully merge?

Over the last few years, specialists from various disciplines were asked to share their thoughts on the topic. Artists and thinkers like Allard Zoetman & David Djindjikhachvili, Arno Coenen, Rachel de Joode, Astrid Menze, Hilde Teerlinck, Anne Bruggenkamp, Koert van Mensvoort & Persijn Broersen & Michel van Duyvenbode and Mark de Cloe & George Heidweiller all made programmes.

Their visions of the TV-art fusion are very different, everything from home-made livingroom TV, realtime trips through the city, clip and zap programmes to pure visual bombardment, computer animated trips, a serious-sounding report and a suspense movie.

The Far Vision is simultaneously W139TV's swan song and a harbinger of the TV of the future. From April 2001, W139TV items like interviews and installation views have only been viewable on our site. But they're accessible 24 hours a day from Auckland to Noosa, in an emulation of modern TV. So install the quickest version of Quicktime! Fresh oxygen is on hand during the screening.