“A Cultural Anthropology of Television Noise”

  • Wed Apr 16
A Cultural Anthropology of Television Noise

The Orbiting Art Ensemble featuring Mike Stark, Hank Roberts, and Matt Saccucimorano plus Park Doing on TV and Bubba Crumrine

Park Doing

Part 1 – 50 min – a musical conversation between Ithaca's Orbiting Art Ensemble and the historical evolution of television (with the noise disturbances left in!) presented in video clips assembled by Park Doing.

Part 2 – 20 min – a concert with the OEA joined by Park Doing "playing" a 'mechanical TV' from the 1920s and Ithaca Underground's Bubba Crumrine playing his own collection of electronic noise making devices.

Television noise expresses the changing technological capabilities of visual broadcast technology. We are all exposed to the rhythms, colors, textures, motions, and other formal elements of television noise in the course of our lives. What is the effect of this 'unconscious' visual and sonic interaction with technology? How do we relate to such 'cultural' signals from the past through recordings? What is normal visual noise? How are engineers involved in this 'cultural technological unconscious'?

“A Cultural Anthropology of Television Noise” explores this interaction first through an installation in the Duffield Atrium (April 14-18). Televisions from each decade that television has been operational will be displaying 'archival' noise from clips broadcast during the time period of each set. For the sets from time periods when visual controls were accessible to the consumer, viewers of the display are encouraged to alter the signal via those controls. Second, a screening of ‘found footage’ noise from the history of television followed by a live concert of music by Ithaca's Orbiting Art Ensemble and interactive TV noise projections will be held at Cornell Cinema. Come relive the history of television through the artistic noise made by the machines themselves and celebrate our continued cultural collaboration with them! Cosponsored with the CCA and the Fanclub Collective.

running time
1 hour 30 minutes