Gianfranco Baruchello

Television limiter


Artist / Artist group
Gianfranco Baruchello
Television limiter
sculpture, video
Material / Technique
aluminum shield with holes and a handle, CRT television
Dimensions / Duration
ca. 53,5 x 68,2 x 40 cm<br />
ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

In the installation »Television limiter«, which was produced in 1966 as a project for the E.A.T. (Experiments in Art and Technology) in New York, the Italian artist Gianfranco Baruchello covers a television with a plate made of aluminium and makes it almost impossible for the visitor to follow the black and white programme that is played soundlessly. Only two small peepholes allow a glimpse of what lies behind. Baruchello deliberately provokes this restriction of the field of vision and the accompanying frustration of the viewers: by artificially shifting the focus and limiting it, he criticises the unreflective consumption of images in the commercial TV mass medium and at the same time sensitises the visitors to their own passive user behaviour.

Author: Julia Ihls

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