Black TV

Title of ArtworkBlack TV
Year of Origin1968
    10 min
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    Aldo Tambellini
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Light Source
Light-Optical Factors
History of a work
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The Black Film Series, a sequence of seven films made between 1965-69, is a primitive, sensory exploration of the medium, which ranges from total abstraction to the assassination of Bobby Kennedy, the Vietnam War, and black teenagers in Coney Island. Before picking up a camera, Tambellini physically worked on the film strip, treating the emulsion with chemicals, paint, ink and stencils, slicing and scraping the celluloid, and dynamically intercutting material from industrial films, newsreels and broadcast television. Abrasive, provocative and turbulent, the series is a rapid-fire response to the beginning of the information age and a world in flux. Mark Webber, Independent Film England (18. 10. 2018)

BLACK TV is Aldo Tambellini's best-known film, part of a large intermedia project about American television. It is an artist's sensory perception of the violence of the world we live in, projected through a television tube. Tambellini presents it subliminally in rapid-fire abstractions in which such horrors as Robert Kennedy's assassination, murder, infanticide, prize fights, police brutality at Chicago, and the war in Vietnam are out-of-focus impressions of faces and events. (18. 10. 2018)


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