TELEVISION @ Location One

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Date/Time: 12/09/2003 12:00 am

Location One is proud to present:
by Claude Closky
September 12 – November 8, 2003
Opening Reception: Friday, September 12, 2003 6 – 8 PM
Curated by Nathalie Anglès
Gallery hours: Tue – Sat 12-6 PM
26 Greene Street NYC 10013
Subway: Canal Street – N, R, Q, W, 6, A, C, E
Location One is pleased to present the first US solo exhibition by French
artist Claude Closky. Television focuses on the production of signs and
systems that articulate the world in a society driven by consumerism.
For the installation, Closky is creating 10 thousand entertainment channels
for the Internet (TPIs: Television Programs for Internet). Each channel is
composed of a short program shown in a loop. The TPI programs are
exclusively animated gifs and html, namely very low tech, some exclusively
created for Television, others borrowed by Closky from the web.
Television will be displayed on 18 color monitors installed in Location
One’s gallery. Viewers will be able to access the10,000 channels with
numeric keyboards that control all of the monitors. This inordinate number
of channels will expose the impotence of viewers who, despite the
interactive nature of the installation, are left with very little control.
One of the most innovative emerging artists of his generation, Closky’s
imagery draws on mass media culture with sources of material ranging from
everyday life to images taken from fashion magazines, billboards and
television. In Television, the artist pushes the logic of these images to
the absurd through the use of humor, repetition, accumulation, diversion and
loop systems. Television is a caricatured reflection of the web and
television networks that questions their rapid and continuous growth,
regardless of the information they broadcast.
Television will be available to the public online at:
www.location1.org/closky, as well as in the gallery. Some channels may be
accessed now, in advance of the opening.
This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Étant
donnés, The French-American Fund for Contemporary Art; Cultural Services of
the French Embassy (US); and DICREAM-CNC, Ministère de la
Culture et de la Communication, France.
About the artist
Claude Closky was born in 1963 in Paris. He works with different media:
video, photography, the Internet, and drawing. He has participated in the
Sydney Biennial, the Taipei Biennial, and in exhibitions at the Centre
Georges Pompidou, Paris, at the Fondation Olivetti, Rome, at the Ludwig
Museum, Cologne, and at l’Oca, Sao Paulo, among others. His work is
currently being presented at the Tate, Liverpool, and at the Bronx Museum of
the Arts, New York. More information is available on his web site
www.sittes.net .
Location One is a not-for profit art center whose mission is to foster the
convergence of classic and new media for the development and presentation of
new work. Emerging and established artists in all mediums from all over the
world are invited to collaborate and experiment with advanced technological
tools and delivery systems. Location One presents visual arts, performing
arts and online programming. It maintains on its premises an International
Residency Program that is open to artists from different fields of
expression at all levels of experience in technology.