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TNS EVENT: GIDEST Seminar, March 30 – Margot Bouman

GIDEST Seminar

Margot Bouman
Friday, March 30, 12-1:30pm

Please join the Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography and Social Thought in the GIDEST Lab, room 411, 63 Fifth Avenue, at 12pm on Friday, March 30, for a discussion with visual and cultural theorist Margot Bouman on her project, “1944-1988: Avant-garde Television, Postmodernism, and the Event.”

Seminar participants are asked to prepare by reading the paper linked at

Outside of the archive, avant-garde television and television art—or the redirection of broadcast television to non-instrumentalist purposes—has, with a few important exceptions, vanished from both history and discourse. Within art history and media studies the consensus can be summarized in Dieter Daniels’ pronouncement that “no form of high television culture [resulted in] a lasting cultural asset to be preserved for future generations” (2004). Indeed, not only has “television art” disappeared from history and discourse, by the 2000s television itself started to disappear.

Margot’s latest project is rooted in television studies, art history, and social theory. It considers the role of television and the televisual in, first, the revival of the historical avant-garde in visual art of the 1960s; second, the emergence of postmodernism in visual art in the 1970s and 1980s; and finally, the emergence of event-based artwork that orchestrates social feedback situations.

Next event: GIDEST Seminar, April 13, with Joan Jonas.
For a full list of upcoming seminars and other events, please visit

411, 63 FIFTH AVE, NEW YORK, NY 10003

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