Events > Book Launch

01 Feb. 2019

Judy Radul: This Is Television

7-9 pm

Join us for the Toronto launch of Judy Radul‘s This is Television, out now from Sternberg Press and DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program!

Featuring Judy Radul in conversation with Ala Roushan.

7pm to 9pm

This Is Television addresses the increasingly obsolete medium of television by way of the medium of the book—by extension commenting on media’s continuous changes of form and format. Through an interplay of theory and artistic research material, the book extends Judy Radul’s ongoing investigation of media with an idiosyncratic perspective on television—while still feeding off collective experience. The book thematizes television as a cultural container, both in its format as a “box” for content and as an ideologically saturated apparatus for reception. With sections titled Craig, Oral History, Moon, Display, Landing, End of Analog etc., the book visually charts our identification with specific media, our attempts to understand media form and evokes our emotional response to technological shifts. Springing from a desire to engage intermedia form by way of a book about television, and to commit to the ambiguity of its title’s announcement, This Is Television is organized around three central chapters: “This,” “Is,” and “Television” are individually interpreted in newly commissioned essays by Honor Gavin, Ana Teixeira Pinto, and Diedrich Diederichsen, with additional short texts by Judy Radul.

Edited by DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program, Ariane Beyn, Judy Radul

Texts by Diedrich Diederichsen, Honor Gavin, Ana Teixeira Pinto, Judy Radul

Copublished with DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program

Design by Katja Gretzinger

Judy Radul’s latest works involve an original computer-controlled system for live and pre-recorded video. Her practice also includes sculpture, photography, writing and performance. Recent exhibitions include: a solo exhibition at Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, 2017; Contour Biennale 8, Mechelen, Belgium, 2017; Bienal de Nicaragua, 2016; a solo exhibition at Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 2015; Berlin Biennale 8, 2014; a solo exhibition at DAAD Galerie, Berlin, 2013. Her large-scale media installation World Rehearsal Court (2009) has been shown in Vancouver, Vienna, Seoul, Oslo and Moscow. Related to this project, with Marit Paasche she co-edited a book of collected essays and images A Thousand Eyes: Media Technology, Law and Aesthetics (Sternberg Press, Berlin, 2011). She has a B.A. in Fine and Performing Arts from Simon Fraser University and a MFA in Visual and Media Arts from Bard College, New York. She is represented by Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver and teaches at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver.

Ala Roushan is an Assistant Professor at OCAD University and the co-curator/director of SUGAR, a curatorial platform exploring new trajectories for public art informed by site. Ala’s practice includes research, writing, curating and teaching focused on digital culture. She is a Ph.D. candidate at the European Graduate School in Philosophy, Art & Critical Thought and holds a Master of Arts in Advanced Architectural Design from the Städelschule. Previously she was active as a founder and co-curator of Flip Project Space Napoli. Her current research navigates the implications of digital technologies as it reveals depth of space beyond the limits of human perception.


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Copies of This Is Television will be available for sale.

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