Broadcast: Alternate Meanings in Film and Video is an ongoing online exhibition at Gagosian featuring video works from Man Ray, Sterling Ruby, etc. The exhibition is organized into a series of “chapters,” each lasting two weeks.


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#GagosianBroadcast: “Broadcast: Alternate Meanings in Film and Video” employs the innate immediacy of time-based art to spark reflection on the here and now. Looking to the late 1960s—a historical moment marked by deep uncertainty, social unrest, and radical transformation—“Broadcast” loosely adopts famed psychologist and countercultural icon Timothy Leary’s mantra “turn on, tune in, drop out” as a guide for negotiating our present moment. The opening chapter of the online exhibition features six artworks that, despite their varied inspirations and contexts, share a desire to explore differing experiences of reality. The series “turns on” with a video by Taryn Simon and a film by Richard Serra that present distinct approaches to developing self-awareness, either through interrogations of mass-media conventions or by staging actions that test the limits of the body. In the second section, Douglas Gordon and Chris Burden “tune in” to external surroundings and circumstances, whether one’s immediate environment or the thrall of broadcast television, respectively. Finally, Damien Hirst and Adam McEwen each present durational work that stages mechanisms to “drop out” of the norms and confines structuring daily life. Watch the films now via the link in our bio. __________ #Gagosian @damienhirst (1) Richard Serra, ”Hand Catching Lead,” 1968 © 2020 Richard Serra/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; (2) Taryn Simon, “Cutaways,” 2012 © Taryn Simon; (3) Douglas Gordon, “Domestic (as long as it lasts),” 2002 © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany, 2020; (4) Chris Burden, “The TV Commercials 1973–1977,” 1973–77/2000, © 2020 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York; (5) Damien Hirst and Angus Fairhurst, “A Couple of Cannibals Eating a Clown (I Should Coco),” 1993 © Estate of Angus Fairhurst, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London, and © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2020; (6) Adam McEwen, “Escape from New York,” 2014 © Adam McEwen

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The first chapter includes six video works by Taryn Simon and Richard Serra which explore various experiences of reality. Stated by Gagosian, the films portray unique methods for developing self-awareness, “either through interrogations of mass-media conventions or by staging actions that test the limits of the body.” The following installment employs artists Douglas Gordon and Chris Burden to immerse viewers into external surroundings and scenarios, while the finishing chapter, featuring Damien Hirst and Adam McEwen, offers durational work that layout procedures to “‘drop-out’ of the norms and confines structuring daily life.”

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