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DAVID HALL (UK)

David Hall born in 1937. He studied at Leicester Art College and the Royal College of Art, London. A sculptor exhibiting internationally in the 60s, Hall turned to film, then in the early 70s video, and did much to establish this and moving-image installation as artforms. He championed video through his column in Studio International , was curator of early important shows, and influenced several generations of emerging artists as a teacher. In 1976 with Krikorian, Partridge, Stuart Marshall and others, he established London Video Arts as an artist-run workshop, distributor and promotional agency. Honorary Professor at Dundee University since 2003.
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TV interruptions: Tap piece, 3:57, 1971

«TV Interruptions: 7 TV Pieces»
«Often I attempted to interface reality and image, apparatus and illusion – the spatio/temporal ambiguities of the medium. In one a water tap appears in the top corner of the blank screen. the tap is turned on and the cathode ray tube ‘fills with water’. The tap is removed. The water is drained out, this time with the water line obliquely inclined to the expected horizontal. The screen is again blank – normal service is resumed, and the illusion restored.» (David Hall) These video studies conceptually pioneered the art of television interruption and were broadcast on Scottish television in 1971 without explanation. „The project was to make ten pieces for broadcast by Scottish TV unannounced and uncredited – a total surprise and mystery. Later I chose seven, '7 TV Pieces' for distribution.“ (From Media Art Net)