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August 28, 2006

Art Show Down


A Game Show About Art & An Exhibition About Game Shows

Art Show Down @ Art Interactive :: September 15 – November 5, 2006 :: Opening reception: Friday, September 15, 6-8 pm :: Gallery hours: Saturday & Sunday, 12-6 pm :: Curated by Roland Smart and Jeff Warmouth.

Beginning in the 1950s, at the end of the quiz show era, several scandals revealed that networks were conspiring to affect the outcomes of competitions and their ratings. A series of investigations by the Federal Communications Commission led to a general distrust of commercial networks. Through the process of re-branding quiz shows as game shows, along with new FCC regulations, game shows regained the trust of their audiences and soared in popularity. Art Show Down aims to critique and exploit the game show genre by exploring the nature of televised competition and how it interfaces with commercial interests, culture, and the production of contemporary art.

During the run of the show, seven half-hour episodes will be broadcast on Cambridge Community Television. Additionally, Art Show Down is a gallery exhibition featuring a display of artwork created during the live performances, as well as a behind-the-scenes view of the studio set, props, costumes, and taped episodes.

Episodes: Sept. 16, 2 & 6 pm, Sept. 30, 2 & 6 pm, Oct. 14, 2 & 6 pm, and Oct. 28, 6 pm.

Artists: Rand Borden, Paul Concemi, Rob Coshow, Megan Goltermann, Ravi Jain, Matt Nash, Nick Rodrigues, Haik Sahakian, & Jeff Smith
Installation Manager: James Manning
Music: Brendon Wood
Research & Writing: Anna Goldsmith & Ardra Whitney

Art Interactive
130 Bishop Allen Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139
Tel: 617.498.0100
Fax: 617.498.0019

Posted by jo at August 28, 2006 05:42 PM