Please Turn Us On. Part I

Greetings from Lanesville (still), 1976

Please Turn Us On. Part I
Dates: 28 July 2016 – 31 March 2017
Space: Gallery 3

Please Turn Us On places Glasgow at the centre of a dialogue between early video art and international counterculture. Stansfield/Hooykaas’ What’s It To You? was presented in direct conversation with three other projects that played on themes explored in this seminal, Glasgow-made work.

Shown at Glasgow’s The Third Eye Centre for a week in 1975, What’s It To You? was the first installation of its kind ever to be seen in Glasgow. During its original showing the work combined recorded and live film with photography and text.

The Continuing Story of Carel and Ferd anticipated the camera’s ability to enter into the most personal parts of our lives. Between 1970 and 1972 director Arthur Ginsberg filmed the not-so-average daily lives of soon-to-be-wed Carel Rowe and Ferd Eggan.

Greetings from Lanesville Videofreex brought their brand of guerrilla broadcasting to Upstate New York. Their Lanesville TV was the first localised, pirate television station in the world. It featured interviews with the rural community, audience phone-ins and dramatic news reports.

Running through the exhibition was a new commission by London-based artist Heather Phillipson, bringing the issues raised by the previous artists into the contemporary.

Artists: Arthur Ginsberg with Video Free America, Heather Phillipson, Stansfield/Hooykaas, Videofreex

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