Renaissance TV is an experiment, an additional exhibition space, and a tentative exploration of the potential for the internet to be a generative platform divorced from vertical hierarchies and classical institutional agendas. Conceptualized by Myriam Ben Salah with Karsten Lund and Michael Harrison, and inspired by the lo-fi aesthetic and assorted programming of television broadcasting, Renaissance TV hosts artist projects—newly produced and existing—such as films, animations, performances, sound pieces, mixtapes, and more.
This first 24-hour program is titled “IMAGE. SOUND. TEXT.” after the three components that Carolyn Lazard combines and calls out in their video A Recipe for Disaster. Running as a thread throughout the program, the selected artworks question the idea of image, sound, and text as transparent—or accurate— mediums, considering their material conditions and the status of what’s on screen. Renaissance TV hijacks television’s visual template of instant visibility and passive flow of images, using the screen as an active vehicle for imagination and reflexive viewership.
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