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Alex Bag and Patterson Beckwith, Cash from Chaos/Unicorns & Rainbows, 1994–97/2011, still from an eight-channel video installation, combined duration 458 minutes.

Alex Bag and Patterson Beckwith

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Alex Bag and Patterson Beckwith, Cash from Chaos/Unicorns & Rainbows, 1994–97/2011, still from an eight-channel video installation, combined duration 458 minutes.

Between 1994 and 1997, Alex Bag and Patterson Beckwith produced sixty-odd hours of two public-access cable-TV shows, Cash from Chaos and Unicorns & Rainbows. Their recent exhibition condensed it all to 458 minutes. The installation looked like a children’s playroom crossed with a media-conglomerate viewing room mocked up by IKEA. Walls were painted glowing blue-screen blue, with a mural of test-pattern color bars at one end. Oversize red beanbags, gray-and-red hanging pod-chairs, and red shag carpet invited visitors to veg out before eight cube monitors on the floor. It looked innocuous, but there are reasons why Bag and Beckwith’s programming aired at 2:30 AM, and why they were ousted from even this permissive slot. (Hence the show’s two iterations. When Cash from Chaos got the boot for recycling scenes from remarkably gross porn, the slacker impresarios came back with Unicorns

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