I definitive version of Episode 1, fully corrected and uncut.

Saturday 16 October 2010

Presented by Jimmy Merris and Dan Szor

Jimmy Merris and Dan Szor co-habit what is called Studio Downturn, London's premier Spray Shop / Careerz Centa / Printing Press / Film Studio and Photography Suite. In this tough economic climate it's diversify or die, so television presenting is just the latest addition to a growing portfolio of services across areas, platforms, arenas, fields and subjects.

To find out more and become a patron, visit Economic Downturn economicdownturn.org.uk

Cody Critcheloe from SSION interviewed by Richard John Jones

"What's the biggest misconception about you?" is the first question Barbara Walter's asks Courtney Love in her infamous interview conducted in 1995. Jones will pay homage to this momentous tele-visual representation of grunge superstardom for this interview with Cody Critcheloe about his artistic work, his band SSION and his roller coaster of a personal life. The most provocative and devastating interview he will ever do.

Cody Critcheloe is the face of SSION: pronounced 'shun' like expression, obsession or concussion. This queer punk performance art band from Kansas City has been making waves internationally, creating his own mythology and developing a cultish fan base of local kids. Critcheloe has affirmed himself as heart-throb of the midwest and one of the most interesting pop performers of our time. Part of a larger scene based in Kansas City including the community development TV show Whoop Dee Doo, on which he is a weekly guest, Cody has emerged from the small Midwest city and achieved international status for his music, installations and for being the ring-leader of a burgeoning, cross-disciplinary scene characterised by its confluence of self-aware parody, pop-culture and creative collaboration.

Ben Vickers, Today on the Internet

Artist and Curator Ben Vickers gives a guide to the best things that are happening on the internet right now. Navigating between shared links from his peer group and chance encounters experienced through everyday surfing, Vickers will convey a fixed vision of his personal internet derive.

Curated as an individual experience, the guide will flow through online activism and virtual friendships. Ben invites the viewers to connect with shared points of reference and introduces the uninitiated to references of the netart community, pursuing themes and memes from surface net to deep net.

Ben's work has been described as reality hacking, and exists in a world of slippages between online and off, where the personal is a password protected construction and personality is viral marketing. He will be showing in the exhibition Serial Chillers In Paradise at JstChillin, New York. His current project is NEW AGE DEFAULT @ NewGallery London.


BECOMING THE BLIND SPOT - a film and live performed interview from Frances Scott followed

Come back around, again, to the narrator.

"Like the blind man, he saw everything, except what is lacking, what cannot be seen. He could not see the blind spot but you, you knew it, for you were in it; you may even have been it, but you had nothing to say about it."*
He cannot see the blind spot, but it does exist as an obscured visual field outside of perception, an insensitive region only lacking to him. It designates an area where reception is patchy or inexistent. The blind spot is the body without its image, in which it moves out of itself and loses its centre, precisely because the blind spot changes with every axis of movement. If imaged, the body becomes as series of freeze-frames or film stills, it is a taxidermy where missing information is filled in but not known.**

Frances Scott's recent work considers the trance state, induced through systems of hypnosis, and its affects - the 'disorient' embedded in materials, objects, and their fragile relations. She works with the script or screenplay, as a relay of information, to explore the shifting register and implication of the voice.

* Sharon Kivland, 'A Viennese Waltz and a Murder: An Eye-Witness Account', Beech, A., Joseph-Lester, J., & Poole, M. (eds). EPISODE: Pleasure and Persuasion in Lens-based Media, Artwords Press, London, 2008. p.18. ** Excerpt from INSIDE THE TRANCE OBJECT: ACCESS, AFFECT, AND ESCAPE, Frances Scott, MA research paper, 2010.

Edward Cotterill, Television Set

With this inaugural broadcast of LuckyPDF, Auto Italia LIVE, Edward Cotterill will create a set that takes moves towards the deconstruction and subsequent re-appropriation of the medium of Television.

"Is this lack of artistic intervention in the world of Television due to the fact that Television is so expensive to produce? Are artists unable to fund such productions? Or is it just because Television is deemed too throwaway, unromantic? A medium that is worthy to critique yet not worthy to utilise."
In Film, the set is used to support and carry the narrative, with television it is there to delight the eye. There is no narrative to follow and instead it assumes its own reality in a sometimes arbitrary manner. Rejecting the idea of a set as a creation of fictional space which the viewer is cajoled into believing is real, Edward Cotterill turns the set around, facing fictional to the wall and highlighting the true reality of what holds this assumed reality together; A-frames and braces, sandbags and tape. By showing the process of television we are better able to understand its constructs, the more we understand its constructs the more we are able to utilise Television as a medium of artistic merit.

Lulu Li, yum yum yum...

An almost invisible intervention in the programme, Lulu Li questions the position of the artist in relation to the camera, and then in relation to the viewer, never allowing an audience to watch without being watched themselves. Performed cultural roles form the basis for a series of second guesses and double bluffs that never allow a work to be fully defined.

"When one has reached maturity in the art, one will have a formless form. It is like ice dissolving in water. When one has no form, one can be all forms; when one has no style, he can fit in with any style." - Bruce Lee
Lulu Li is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works between Beijing and London, her practice is multi-faceted and includes sculpture, installation, video, game, intervention and motion-graphics. She is the winner of the GAM Gilbert de Botton Art Prize.


Chris King, titles, transitions and interstitials

Chris King blends the episode together, each segment melts to the next. Feedbacks loop through mixers, synthesisers and and colourises in waves of distortion and degradation. Ageing and obsolete equipment is not used for nostalgia's sake but to allow control, mods and tweaks. The glitches that result expose the fabric of the signal and the malleable materiality of television.


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