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Subject : 56kTV - Bastard Channel
From : Reinhard Storz
Date : 2004/10/18
Link : http://www.56k-bastard.tv/
international online art project
bastard channel is a cross between a television and a web project, a platform in the Internet that tells the story of itself as a television channel. The channel works with the lowtech and financial means of network art and has collaborators on four continents. Its programme can be received all over the world.
On 18 November 2004, bastard channel will be celebrating its start with six programmes within the framework of the Viper Media Festival in the Basel Kunsthalle. By the spring of 2005, new programmes will have been added every month. The participants are artists from Basel, Berlin, Geneva, Johannesburg, New York, Ostrava, Paris, Seoul, Tokyo and Zurich, as well as collaborating text writers, translators, programmers and graphic artists.
It will not be possible to receive all the bastard channel programmes at all times, for our online project operates according to the television programme structure. Trailers will provide information about the times of day and night when you will be able to receive the next programmes in your part of the world. Whereas the terrestrial television stations are working on making it possible for programmes to be broadcast online independently of times and dates, bastard channel is set on limiting consumption: we do not want our programme to be available all the time, and we take the opportunity of wagging a cautionary medial forefinger at the "zap & surf attitude".
bastard channel is intended to reflect the web as a time medium. This is a cross between the babbling TV promises and the hesitant web response of a 56k modem. Some of our programmes are run like films, animating the screen at a breakneck pace, others step intentionally on the brake, tempting and frustrating at one and the same time. Still others bring streams of data onto the screen or make interaction offers where the public can spend 30 minutes or 30 seconds. At bastard channel, even the TV test pictures are interactive, and viewers receive personal answers to existential problems from the Television Sphinx - without, however, knowing whether they will receive a written or spoken answer from the Sphinx herself or her intelligent robot within two to three days.
56kTV - bastard channel has its own programme magazine. International authors from the worlds of the film, art and the media sciences comment on the TV project and the individual programmes, thus enriching the audio-visual online offer by a print & read version. We are investing in a good visual concept and leaving the print-on-demand to our public, since the TV magazines can be printed on every home printer.
56kTV - bastard channel is initiated and supported by the Pro Helvetia Arts Council of Switzerland and realised by xcult.org.
Artists (status 9.04) > biographies
Texts: (status 9.04)
Project idea: Storz / Studer / v d Berg (xcult.org)
The web thriller lasts for three breath-taking minutes. It puts a strain on the software, the screen and our nerves and shows what can achieved on our computer screens via the Internet with graphic art, programming and sound. The author's name «jimpunk» turns out to be an aesthetic programme.