Tag Archive | Television

Modern Art Monday Presents: Nam June Paik, Magnet TV

Magnet TV
Photos By Gail

Magnet TV (1965) is an early example of Nam June Paik’s “Prepared Televisions,” works in which he altered the television’s image or its physical casing. This work consists of a seventeen-inch, black and white set with an industrial-size magnet resting on top of it. The magnetic field interferes with the television’s reception of electronic signals, distorting the picture into an abstract form that changes when the magnet is moved.

Magnet TV

Paik’s radical action undermines the seemingly inviolable power of broadcast television by transforming the TV set into sculpture, one whose moving image is created by chance, and can be manipulated at will. Through his alteration of the television image, Paik challenged the notion of the art object as a self-contained entity and established a process of instant feedback, whereby the viewer’s actions have a direct effect on the form and meaning of the work.

Photographed in The Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC.

Video Clip of The Week: Super Whatevr, “Telelelevision”


Top Ten Things I Like About This Weeks’ Video Clip, “Telelelevision” By Super Whatevr

1. Superwhatevr are a band from Orange County, California, which is where I am also from. Represent.

2. This song is called “Telelelevision,” and watching Television is in my top three favorite things that I like to do! Yay!

3. On weekend mornings, we should get to watch cartoons, right? This clip is animated, so that’s like a cartoon. Win Close enough!

4. Musically, “Telelelevision” sounds like it could be a lost Pixies‘ song. I like The Pixies.

5. Also, back in the ’90s there was a one-hit wonder, post-Grunge band from California called The Flys, formed by a couple of brothers who were most famous for making sunglasses and surfing. I am pretty sure I interviewed them at one point. Anyway, their hit was called “Got You Where I want You,” and “Telelelevision” sort of reminds me of that song.

6. Pink is my favorite color, and this video features lots of pink, and various shades of pink, so I enjoy watching it, as it pleases my eyeballs.

7. The video was animated by Eat The Danger, who has done the videos for “Lisbon” by Wolf Alice and Courtney Barnett’s “Dead Fox.”

8. The fluid nature of the animation makes the video especially optimal for watching while you are high on any kind of even mildly psychedelic drug.

9. I like the part where the protagonist rides a big Rubber Duck.

10. “Telelelevision” can be found on Superwhatevr’s debut full-length, Never Nothing, out now via Hopeless Records. Enjoy!

Super Whatevr.

Eye On Design: GE Color Television Set, Model 21C134 (Circa 1960)

GE Color Television 21C134 1960

The unusual detail in this set, the GE Model 21C134 (1960) shows how television manufacturers tried to differentiate their products while selling essentially the same thing. The controls have been moved to the top, while the oversize wheels and large handle make the set easy to move. The color scheme suggests that the set was intended for an informal basement or “rumpus room” setting.

GE Color Television 21C134 1960

Photographed in the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria Queens, NY.

Viceland Presents Weed Week: April 17th – 20th!

Weed Week E Ad
Weed Week E-Ad Photographed By Gail in the Chelsea Market, NYC

Hey, Weed Aficionados, put down that bong for a few minutes and check this out. If your cable provider includes the Viceland Channel, get ready for a fun TV event — Weed Week —  that no Pot Head will want to miss! Beginning Monday, April 17th,  the Vice Network will bring viewers four days of entirely Weed-Themed Originals, Documentaries, Comedies and other Cutting-edge Programming! Weed Week comes to a close on Thursday, April 20th. Because: 4/20.

In preparation for this high-ly anticipated event, Viceland has launched a Weed Week Storefront Takeover in New York City, and in Los Angeles. These Storefronts  are now filled up with fake-weed (4 inches deep) complete with a weed scented ATM oozing the smell of green onto the streets! Get your Selfies, Instagram pics and Group-photos now through April 20th!

In NYC, you’ll find the Weed Week Storefront at  90 Stanton St. on New York’s Lower East Side.  In LA, the location is 7024 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles (across from Grauman’s Chinese Theatre).

Smoke ’em if you’ve got ’em!

 

 

Those Who Can’t Season 2 Subway Ad

Those Who Cant
Photo By Gail

Whoever created this Ad is a marketing genius or uses help from the best digital marketing company.

From Wikipedia:

Those Who Can’t is a half-hour show, based in Denver, Colorado, that follows three dysfunctional teachers, played by show creators Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy of the Denver-based comedy troupe The Grawlix. More inept than the kids they teach, they’re out to beat the system as they struggle to survive each day on their own terms. Maria Thayer stars as the school librarian with a bubbling passion for life.

The show airs Thursdays on TruTV.

Hilarious Skit From MAD TV: KISS Action Figures

The part where the Mom “borrows” Paul Stanley for the night is my favorite!

Dancing In The Moonlight

Dancing In The Moonlight
Image Source Circa 1961

I love this Vintage Motorola Ad. If this were a real home, I would want to live in it!