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David Hall, TV Interruptions (7 TV Pieces), 1971, still from a black-and-white video, 22 minutes 6 seconds. From “Are You Ready for TV?”

“Are You Ready for TV?”

Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)

David Hall, TV Interruptions (7 TV Pieces), 1971, still from a black-and-white video, 22 minutes 6 seconds. From “Are You Ready for TV?”

“Are You Ready for TV?” is not the same old exhibition devoted to television. It is a complex, ambitious, and time-consuming experiment that critically explores the nature of an exhausted medium. If you expect this show to demonize TV as a mind-numbing device, you will be disappointed. It rests rather on the will to trace a connection between television’s artistic and philosophical roots. Curator Chus Martínez’s approach cleverly dodges indulgent commonplaces by returning to the fundamental core of the concept of television. The exhibition, which is now on view at another Spanish venue, the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea in Santiago de Compostela, invites us to start from scratch and set aside all we know about the tube.

The layout of the exhibition is itself revealing. The ten “chapters” that make up the curatorial plot do not involve a succession of images thrown onto the

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