Re: [Frameworks] Avantgarde / "auteur" television - ?

From: Gary Thomas (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Aug 18 2010 - 05:29:17 PDT

Here's a link to a chronology of UK broadcast schemes for artists' work -

but as Rob has noted, this work wasn't necessarily made as 'television' - it was work made by artists, and not avant-garde/auteur 'television' per se - so not what I think Mads means. So I mention the tv commissioned Bill Viola's The Passing and Zbigniew Rybczynski's Kafka, and to discount them too!

In the mid 1990s, John Wyver wrote an introduction to the catalogue for one of the (London) ICA Biennials of aritsts' film and video, citing LA Law as the most formally interesting thing on tv at the time, and I think he was right.

Ken Russell is surely the most interesting documentary british 'television auteur' ever!...

And for drama, the writer Dennis Potter -

And I remember one off oddities like The Old Crowd - written by Alan Bennett and directed by Lindsay Anderson.. in which the studio and mechanics of production interrupted the flow -

And the Philip Saville directed The Diary of Bridget Hitler, again using Brechtian tactics and early digital effects.


On 17 Aug 2010, at 07:34, Michael Kemp wrote:

> Ah yes, and the first series of "Midnight Underground" ~ stunning AG compilations (Bruce Connor, Suzan Pitt, Kurt Kren, Maya Deren, Wojciech Bruszewski, etc) to grace TV screens 'round midnight on Monday nights if memory serves...
> --- On Mon, 16/8/10, Gawthrop, Rob <email suppressed> wrote:
> From: Gawthrop, Rob <email suppressed>
> Subject: Re: [Frameworks] Avantgarde / "auteur" television - ?
> To: "Experimental Film Discussion List" <email suppressed>
> Date: Monday, 16 August, 2010, 21:57
> 11th Hour, White Noise etc.
> John Wyver/Illuminations produced many of the 80s/90s programmes.
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