Television creates political bodies because it happens to large groups of people simultaneously; we learn our stories gathered in bars and homes or virtually together while alone, we cast ballots for our idols all via a transmission from afar. Sharing these spectacular experiences has, for better or worse, made for large populaces more uniformly formed than any that history has seen. Meanwhile, political bodies use contemporary televisual streaming tools to broadcast their own struggles. Directed by television’s innate ability to create publics, and the common usage of livestreaming in contemporary populist movements, ACRE TV will spend February and March 2015* streaming moving image work that explores broadcast art and it’s ability to function as a catalyst for moving bodies. Direct Object/Direct Action will air live, canned, episodic, durational and experimental broadcast works that position the stream as an instrument as opposed to a stage, as well as works that address the concept and histories of political direct actions.
Leveraging the materiality of the devices and the parameters of livestreaming, Direct Object/Direct Action includes a 106-hour durational work by James N. Kienitz Wilkins; episodic shows by The Institute for New Feeling (Scott Andrew, Agnes Bolt & Nina Sarnelle), Ellen Mueller, Leslie Rogers, and Theo Shure; an audio piece by Soheila Azadi; video works by Blair Bogin & Mothergirl (Katy Albert & Sophia Hamilton), Eli Burke, Adam Castle, Thomas Comerford, Jaime Davidovich, Amanda Gutierrez, Bret Hamilton, Annetta Kapon, Adam Knight, Mike Newton, David Politzer, Sunita Prasad, Heath Schultz, and Willy Smart; and a LIVE event in which the stream will operate as a prop/instrument/soundtrack for the night of IRL performances featuring Melina Ausikaitis, Danny Giles, Leslie Rogers, and Neal Vandenbergh.
Programmed by Kera MacKenzie, Jesse Malmed, Andrew Mausert-Mooney and Nick Wylie
Poster Design: Anne Elizabeth Moore
Direct Object/Direct Action, February 1-March 31*, Threewalls and online at ACRETV.org, Opening Reception: January 23, 6-9pm, 119 N. Peoria, #2C
Direct Object/Direct Action LIVE, February 27th, 7pm,Threewalls
* ACRE TV will be broadcasting a special preview week, January 23 - 31, 2015, in conjunction with the opening of Jaime Davidovich: Outreach 1974-1984 at Threewalls.