Loop Festival in the Museu Picasso

From May 16th to 28th

The Museu Picasso collaborates with “Loop”, the video festival of Barcelona. Coinciding with the 15th anniversary of the festival, we are presenting the work TV Interruptions (1971) by David Hall.

Within the framework of its fifteenth edition, entitled “Winding the Clock Back”, the Barcelona Loop Barcelona will dedicate its programme to the pioneers of video art.  This archaeological will responds to the need to trace the origins of a radically contemporary discipline and in permanent transformation. 

In the Museu Picasso the work TV Interruptions will be presented, by the British video artist David Hall (1937-2014). Pioneer of the new media, Hall made the video the means of his particular work based around the experience of time and the dematerialisation of the artistic object.   

This work originally consisted of the broadcasting of seven videos (each one lasting between three and four minutes) through the Scottish Public Television during the Edinburgh Festival.   The videos that were broadcast with no prior announcement or subsequent explanations, appeared as an interruption of the continuity of the programming and invited the viewers to ask themselves about what they had just seen.  The domestic TV set became in that way the space in which the work appeared and the television signal was transformed into a channel that momentarily substituted the exhibiting functions typical of the traditional artistic institution.  Almost half a century after its original broadcast, following the same surprising approach, the seven videos will be broadcast once again, within the Loop programme, by means of the signal of BTV.   

Relating the possibilities of the video in his former artistic facet as a sculpture, Hall also explored the plastic and sculptural dimension of the monitors through various works that are currently unarguable classics of video art. TV Interruptions became one of those sculptural pieces, in which the seven videos are reproduced by means of a group of seven monitors.  Their simultaneous but not coinciding broadcasting produces a series of “interruptions” between the videos.  At the same time, the installation as a whole also produces a sound and visual interruption in the institutional context in which it is presented.