LIVE WEBCAST 20th March 2002
3.45 - 9.00pm
On Wednesday the 20th March 2002 Somewhere (a new art organisation led by
artists Karen Guthrie & Nina Pope) presented the innovative
broadcast TV swansong - a homage to TV past, present and future - live on
The first project of its kind, TV swansong brought 8 specially-commissioned
art works by 11 UK artists live to the desktops of the world, and to special
events at thirty UK & Ireland venues which offered free public web access
for the day.
TV swansong artists were: Jordan Baseman,
Graham Fagen, Rory
Hamilton & Jon Rogers, Chris
Helson, Nina Pope & Karen Guthrie,
Giorgio Sadotti, Jessica
Voorsanger and Zoë Walker
& Neil Bromwich.
With a budget of over 200k raised independently from national and local
public funding, the project's uniqueness lay in its global yet local
achievements - bringing live events from all over the world together using
the latest-emerging technology, yet also running kids' workshops and artists
talks up and down the UK.
Highlights of the web cast included:
Giorgio Sadotti's Virtual Bootleg, where a live ballroom dancing event in
the legendary Blackpool Tower was webcast via high-tech wireless cameras attached to
Down in Sutton-on-sea (Lincolnshire) Zoë Walker & Neil Bromwich inspired the
town's youth club to dedicate an evening to TV nostalgia, which was web cast
live with their own film In Search of a Small Planet - a homage to the
Clangers and the Dukes of Hazard - two favourite childhood TV shows.
For The Act artist Chris Helson focused on the 24hr rolling news phenomenon which
dominates so much current cable TV, and flew out to a late-breaking news
site only the day before the live web cast - Corihuayranchina in Peru, where
a vast, newly discovered Inca city was being bought to the attention of world media. He
undertook a gruelling 4 day trek in the wake of explorer Peter Frost to
webcast his stunning material live to TV swansong from the peak of Mount
Victoria in Vilcabamba via a satellite phone.
In rural Oxfordshire, Generic Sci-Fi Quarry by Rory Hamilton
& Jon Rogers (with former members of BBC Radiophonic Workshop) took
place over three nights - a stunning quadrophonic sound and video projection
extravaganza re-creating much-loved 70's sci-fi special effects.
Free to the public, the events were attended by over 2000 people.
All the TV swansong commissions are now archived and available to view at 3
speeds on this site .
For all press enquiries contact TV swansong
For more background information click here
To see the Launch Party photo's click here
Check out the artists TV moments