|All Circuits On Presents:
ADVENTURES OF THE AVANT-GARDE
with JAIME DAVIDOVICH
Thursday, May 13, 2010
ALL CIRCUITS ON, a screening series co-produced by Anthology Film Archives and Electronic Arts Intermix, celebrates Jaime Davidovich's unique approach to art and television with Adventures of the Avant-Garde, an eye-popping art-historical tour through the golden days of television and radical art in the 20th century. Bridging the divide between asceticism and philistinism, parody and homage, Adventures presents an exuberant career-spanning vision summing up Davidovich's iconoclastic view of video art, characterized by a statement by Marcel Duchamp: "I've been in it the whole time and I sill want to get rid of it."
Jaime Davidovich (b. Argentina, 1936) is a conceptual, video and
installation artist, as well as a pioneering activist for the potential of
artist-run, local cable television programming. Davidovich was a founding
member of Cable SoHo (1976) and president of the Artists' Television Network
(1978). His own cable access show, a weekly variety program called The Live!
Show, aired on Manhattan Cable Television from 1979-84. In the guise of his
alter-ego, Dr. Videovich, Davidovich hosted the show, which featured
performances by and interviews with art world personalities, live phone-ins,
and a home-shopping segment from which he sold his collection of TV-related
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