Box Set – KATE BLACKMORE & FRANCES BARRETT

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By Kate Blackmore and Frances Barrett

Since its invention, television has been stigmatised for the belief that watching it requires less brain power than sleeping; the ultimate act of ‘doing nothing’. Box Set is such an act: it will be a televisual endurance performance of nothingness. For 8 days Blackmore and Barrett will sit on a couch and watch every episode of one of the world’s longest running television series, ‘The Simpsons’, while fasting. Box Set will be anchored by Nick Keys, who will provide an endurance commentary across the entire performance.

Marina Abramović once stated that in performance art, “the hardest thing is to do something, which is close to nothing”. Through pairing television entertainment with physical and psychological endurance, Blackmore and Barrett attempt to attain a total state of performative nothingness. In doing so, Box Set seeks to question whether ‘doing nothing’ could be considered a political act of antagonism towards a society driven by consumption and productivity.

LIVE EVENT endurance broadcast November – December 2013

Dates: Monday 25 November – Tuesday 3 December, 2013
Time: Open 24-hours
Closing event: Tuesday 3 December, 9am
Location: Verge Gallery, Darlington

Participate in this project by either being part of the live audience at Verge Gallery or watch it broadcast 6pm-8pm or streamed online (all details can be found on the Tele Visions website).

The final hours of BOX SET will culminate in a breakfast at Verge Gallery celebrating the end of Tele Visions and the death of analogue television in Australia.

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Part Of TELE VISIONS AFTERLUDE at Experimenta: Recharge 6th International Biennial of Media Art 

 

 

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        This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

 

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