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Jay Cruikshank

Jay Cruikshank is a Sydney based artist and filmmaker who works in a variety of mediums; and has recently garnered much acclaim both locally and internationally for his debut feature film Garish Hearts, described by FilmInk magazine as “Lurid, entertaining and occasionally deranged”. Desert Planet Trailer – Jay Cruikshank and Angela Garrick   Share

Sofa, so good.


A couple of hours ago, the last minutes of analogue television in Australia coincided with a doughnut breakfast at Verge Gallery in Sydney. The breakfast broke the fast that performance artists Kate Blackmore and Francis Barrett had undergone over the last eight days, as they sat in the gallery watching every episode of The Simpsons […]

Briohny Doyle on watching Tele Visions


On Sunday I wake up and get straight on to my assignment. It’s 9am and either Frances or Kate is lying on a couch watching The Simpsons. For a while it’s magnetic to watch her watching The Simpsons, early, before the other artists have emerged. She looks really tired. I like how she looks. Tired […]

Larry Emdur’s Suit and other musings from Tele Visions Day 3 from Jessie Scott


It was with great excitement, perusing the Tele Visions program guide (with its satisfying rustle of newsprint) that I noted the inclusion of Emile Zile’s great undergrad work Larry Emdur’s Suit. A small classic of it’s time, I can’t think of a better moment to uncover it, or a better context in which it should […]

Friday on my Tele Visions: Reflections on Day 2 of Televisions from Kath Letch


I tune in Friday morning online in Melbourne – black silhouette images float across traffic / trees / cityscapes with the whooshing soundtrack of traffic. The need for coffee causes a trip to the local shop for milk supplies and when I return there is static. Full abstract black and white hissing static not just […]

Grumble Body Beauty – Dean Tirkot

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This work is aligned with Betty Grumble’s existence as an avatar that is in constant pursuit of beauty and glamour. Grumble’s awkward and accidentally profound appropriation sees her inevitable demise through cartoonish explosion as a result of her manic attempt at a Fitness DVD. Betty’s body is also imposed across iconic scenes in film history […]

Just Call Me Homer: Thoughts on the First Day of Tele Visions from Dr Ben Byrne


Tuning in to the opening day of Tele Visions was an incredibly strange experience. Far stranger than I had expected. Living in Melbourne, well out of range of the UHF transmission, I had to rely on the stream on this website. I hit play on my iPad while eating my lunch – TV and food, I must admit, […]

Doug Anderson on “Television”

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“Good evening and welcome to television!” Most viewers over the past half century would remember Bruce Gyngell’s convivial introduction to the advent of the televisual era in Australia on September 15, 1956. It has been replayed often over the years as television  – never a medium to shy away from self-congratulation in all its forms […]

Television as Performance Space

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Television as Performance Space By John Gillies Television’s great innovation was that it could be everywhere at once and in real-time.  Broadcasting could be expanded sculpture, as artist Lucio Fontana dreamed; as immaterial as electrons in space, made visible in flashes of light and constellations in time and space, connecting inner and outer worlds, forms […]

A Brief Look at Analog Imaging Instruments


Media practice evolved in the late 1960s and early 70s as artists began to explore then-new analog television instruments, particularly portable video recording technology, and to build analog tools for image processing. The impulse to create media art emerged partly as a reaction to the one-way delivery system of a broadcast television dominated by corporate […]

Progressively Degrading Test Pattern – Matte Rochford


Progressively Degrading Test Pattern is a video sequence showing the way a signal becomes weaker when videotape is copied over and over again. Using a test pattern from the end of a rented VHS tape and two video cassette recorders (VCRs), the image is copied from the original tape to a new blank tape. That tape is in turn […]

Old Boys (Rework) – Chris Norman 313RGB

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Original 313RGB VJ Paka-Paka, Processed Analogue/Digital/Analogue Signal Decay, H-Scanned with Compressed/Decompressed Typography… Created on a then Girlfriends 1983 CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) which she paid $20 at Rugby Club Boot Sale… Add Cheap Dick Smith RCA converter… Our loyal TV until 2011 when we went our separate ways (Minder & The Sweeney never looked the […]

X1-1 – Ed Leckie

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An experiment of movement and colour using Analogue Video Synthesis. Ed Leckie   Share

Light Strike (An Open Window) – Geoffrey Weary

LIGHT/STRIKE (AN OPEN WINDOW) is a performance work that was recorded with an obsolete SONY PORTA-PAK video camera manufactured in the 1970’s. The unique properties of the camera infuse the work with a fragile, vaporous presence. This in turn suggests a metaphoric process of disappearance and erasure, not just of the performer as human presence […]

This Is More – Daniel Green

A young man captivated by his own gaze dances publicly while waging war with an ice cream. In his head he imagines himself as Bill Murray imagining himself as Bob Harris imagining himself as Bryan Ferry. He is oblivious to the wider world ticking by on the screen, where other people have bigger problems. Daniel […]

Winners – Philippa Nicole Barr

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  The internet is pressurising the representation of contemporary global events. All the players in this scene borrow from one another as they are all engaged in the same battle: to win your attention within the course of a few seconds. This is leading to a likely future scenario: where everything in the internet will not just be […]

Platelets – Ed Leckie

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Platelets is an analogue video synthesizer interpretation of the ebb and flow of blood pulsing through our veins. Ed Leckie Share

Untitled – Ed Leckie

Untitled is an exercise in technicolour monoliths using analogue audio and video synthesis. Ed Leckie Share

Slinky Ribbon – Ed Leckie


This piece is an excursion into the analogue terraform. Ed Leckie     Share

From the Tele Visions Co-Directors


TV has ended. After 57 years of continuous broadcasting, television will be switched off in Sydney at 9am on the 3rd of December. When we speak of TV we refer to analog broadcast TV. Digital broadcast TV will, of course, continue. However, much of the medium’s specific attributes have vanished or are in the process […]

Philocybin – Ed Leckie

This piece is a celebration of the life and achievements of Philo Farnsworth. One of the inventors of the television. Ed Leckie Share

New Neon: The Girls In New York Go Beep – David Hayes (AVD78)

This is an official video made for Austin’s experimental electro duo New Neon. Models were used to lip-syncthe energetic vocals in front of a glitchy New York backdrop. These were photographed by Charlotte Rutherford Photography. The video was then manipulated many times over with an analogue process. David Hayes (AVD78) Share

New Statics – Zinzi Kennedy

New Statics is a single channel video that plays with the technological flux of the analogue solved by the advent of digital video, the inability to make a perfect replica. A recording of light has been dubbed on multiple VCRs in an act of electronic erosion, whereby each redubbing of the image degrades the image […]

TV Orb – Zinzi Kennedy

TV orb is documentation of a multichannel installation as part of The Rave Cave of Psychotropic Nightmares, 2012 exhibited at Kings ARI. The Rave Cave involved the accumulation of diverse materials and aesthetic approaches toward the formation of the work. The discarded materials of a spectacular society were merged together to form a large fluorescently […]