The Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona (MACBA) is collating around 145 experiments that were made for TV by 150 by famous artists, philosophers and thinkers. Participants include Andy Warhol, Bill Viola, Levi-Strauss, Guy Debord, Richard Serra, Martha Rosler, Joan Jonas, Joseph Beuys, Joaquín Soler Serrano and many others.
This is an exhibition that explores the paradoxical aesthetic and public space that contemporary art and philosophy produce once they leave the museum and academia and get shown on television. It is a project realized from television’s point of view and from the space it inhabits, in order to nourish an experimental imagination that departs from our cultural present. The result is an unusual reading of television in ten sections that form an itinerary to unlearn what we know about the medium and shift discursive positions, cheat the senses and escape the duality of emissor and receptor.
The works displayed in “Are you ready for Television?” were made between 1960 and today by artists and thinkers working in Television (actors, producers, directors etc.) and some have even been commissioned especially for the event.
The exhibition will be on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona until 25th April 2011