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David Hall, TV Interruptions—works originally made for Scottish Television, 1971, 16 mm transferred to digital video, color, sound, 22 minutes 15 seconds. Installation view. From “Artist Placement Group.”

Artist Placement Group

Raven Row

David Hall, TV Interruptions—works originally made for Scottish Television, 1971, 16 mm transferred to digital video, color, sound, 22 minutes 15 seconds. Installation view. From “Artist Placement Group.”

The Artist Placement Group (APG) was founded in London in 1966 by John Latham and Barbara Steveni. Until it was dissolved in the late-1980s, APG brokered some twenty placements of artists within various industrial companies and government departments, resulting in works such as Ian Breakwell’s innovative yet controversial films about Rampton and Broadmoor psychiatric hospitals in the late ’70s. Other participants included Barry Flanagan, Andrew Dipper, David Toop, and David Hall. In 1971, Hall made a series of ten TV Interruptions for Scottish Television, which appeared during ordinary commercial breaks; unsuspecting viewers found themselves confronted suddenly with the spectacle of a burning television set or gushing tap faucet. While the unexpected aspect of these works was lost when seven of the original ten were exhibited recently at Raven Row gallery, Hall’s project continues

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