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Open Call Support Projects “&21”

Telexplosion In the Afterglow of TV-Land 1980s: MTV, JumboTron, INFERMENTAL

2020.2.8 (Sat.) 9 (Sun.) 11 (Tue.)


Period :
2020.2.8 (Sat.) 9 (Sun.) 11 (Tue.)
Venue :
Theater 21/ 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
● Single Ticket
General ¥1500(¥1800)
Students ¥600(¥1000)
U12 Free

● 2 Tickets (*Advance ticket only)
General ¥2800
Students ¥1000

● Pass (*Advance ticket only)
General ¥5500
Students ¥2500
Ticket Sales:
Form by 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Day ticket sales:
At the entrance of Theater 21/ 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
For More Information:
Eizo Workshop
Tel 090-9944-9998

About the Performance

Experimental and Entertaining Moving Images for Televisions.
In the 1980s, tanks to VHS cassette tapes and MTV, full of experimental and entertaining moving images appeared on televisions at home.
Sony produced the enormous television “JumboTron” for Tsukuba EXPO in 1985. This screening program will show video art works which reflects such age.
After every program we organize a post-talk and Q&A.


02.08 (Sat)
[Program1:Television Hacking]
13:30〜14:00 Bye Bye Kipling 
14:00〜15:00 INFERMENTAL 8: In the Afterglow of TV-Land 
15:00〜16:00 Post-talk with Atsuhiko Shima × Keiko Sei

02.09 (Sun)
[Program2:Radical Television]
13:30〜14:10 TV EV Live: TV War 
14:10〜14:40 Adelic Penguins 
15:00〜16:00 Post-talk

02.11 (Tue)
[Program3−1:New Waves from Germany]
13:00〜13:40 Japlan: Live in Japan Evolution Striptease
13:40〜14:40 Post-talk with Masanori Akashi

[Program3−2:New Waves from Germany]
15:00〜16:30 This was Die Tödliche Doris (1980-1987)
16:30〜17:30 Post-talk with Masanori Akashi

[Program3−3:New Waves from Germany]
18:00〜19:00 1/2 Mensch
19:00〜20:00 Post-talk with Gakuryu Ishii

*100 non-reserved Seats
*Venue opens 30 minutes before.


Video Art and TV in the 1980s
The 1980s was the period when Tokyo attracted attention from all over the world as a symbol of cyberpunk and the near future. It was also the period when the bubble economy and communication technology began to develop rapidly. In response to such trends, people placed expectations on TV media and artists pursued its possibilities. Furthermore, the prevalence of VHS and the beginning of Music Television (MTV) prompted the appearance of experimental entertaining visuals on the displays of household TVs.

MTV, a channel dedicated to music videos, began in 1981 and promoted collaboration between musicians, artists and movie directors. The “Jumbo Tron” SONY 2000-inch display was presented at Tsukuba EXPO in 1985, and the visual performance shown on the display at that time remained in many people’s memory. Next year, Nam June Paik held a TV performance “Bye Bye Kipling” using satellite. In addition, an international video cassette magazine Infermental, in which video works are presented in the form of a magazine, issued a Tokyo edition entitled “In the afterglow of TV-land” in 1988.

Although these various video works surrounding televisions demonstrated medium characteristics, its innovative and cultural values have not been well evaluated. Originally, video art started from the perspective of mass media criticism. In the 1980s, video and TV became closer and seemed to establish a new codependent relationship. However, subsequently, experimental and radical images disappeared due to the rise of the Internet.

This video program reviews video works that were produced to be watched on TV displays during the age when TV became a platform for experimental video works. Its purpose is to help us consider how such video works will link to visual culture in the post internet age.

Program 1: Television Hacking

Although the term “hacking” is used for unauthorized invasion of computers, it has another meaning of “chop up.” Video was developed for telecasting, however, video art has had a love-hate relationship with TV. In the early days of video art in the 60s, it attempted to “chop up” TV. Meanwhile, in the 80s, it attempted to sinuously hack TV waves and monitor displays after becoming knowledgeable about TV.

Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.

Num June Paik, Bye Bye Kipling, 1986, 30‘00“, color

International Magazine on Videocassettes INFERMENTAL Tokyo Edition
INFERMENTAL 8: In the Afterglow of TV-Land (Excerpt), 1988, 60’00”, color
Editor: Keiko Sei, Alfred Birnbaum

Program 2: Radical Television

At Tsukuba EXPO, so many visuals were presented that it could have been called a “visual exposition.” Sony exhibited the JumboTron, the world’s largest digital display. Although the innovation of movie screens has stopped, TV displays have developed rapidly while becoming slim and linking to a network that enables real time interactive communication.This video program introduces a video work which was produced to be displayed on the JumboTron. It was a forecast of the evolution of TV by Ryuichi Sakamoto and video artists, played at the end of Tsukuba EXPO.

Akira Asada, RADICAL TV, Ryuichi Sakamoto, TV EV Live: TV War, 1985, 40‘00“, color

Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.

Kit Fitzgerald, Paul Garrin, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Adelic Penguins, 1986, 33‘00“, color

Program 3: New Waves from Germany

In 1981 when MTV began in the U.S, “Festival der genialen Dilletanten,” organized by Wolfgang Müller, a member of Die Tödliche Doris, was held in West Berlin. In an age when post-punk and Neue Deutsche Welle (NDW) was attracting attention in Germany, the band members aimed to create an alternative genre, however they were not irrelevant to video media. This video program introduces three bands that gave public performances in Japan in the 1980s and produced artistic video works, which do not fall under the genre of the music video.

Die Tödliche Doris, This was Die Tödliche Doris (1980-1987), 1988, 100’00”, color

Der Plan, Japlan: Live in Japan Evolution Striptease, 1984, 40‘00“, color
Director: Gerd Stein, Moritz Reichelt, and Wolfgang Büld

Einstürzende Neubauten, 1/2 Mensch, 1986, 60’00”, color
Director: Gakuryu Ishii

About &21

&21 joint arts exchange project: “&21” (Ando Nijuichi) is a program in which the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa calls for/adopts projects of sophisticated artistry and creativity with the aim of boosting local culture, providing PR and production support in a collaborative capacity. For 2018, five projects have been chosen.


Organized by:
Eizo Workshop
Curated by:
Hiroko Myokam + Noriyuki Kimura (Eizo Workshop)
Co-produced by:
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
In co-operation with:
Goethe-Institut Tokyo, Zentrum für Kunst und Medien, Karlsruhe, SUEZAN STUDIO