Auto Italia South East presents Auto Italia Live: an artist-run TV series, performed before a studio
audience and broadcast live over the Internet. Working in collaboration with Auto Italia a wide
variety of artists will produce new work through weekly episodes, engaging directly with the format
of live Television and a history of artists using broadcast media platforms to distribute work.
Featuring a full camera crew, lighting technicians, directors, performers, production designers and
set builders, artists will engage with all aspects of production opening the space for criticality and
intervention within the medium. The series aims to experiment with new possibilities to engage in
contemporary broadcast and internet culture whilst also responding to the familiar tropes and
formulas within television programming.
The apparatus of TV and the technical infrastructure will allow for dialogue and exchange with
images, actions, performances and experiences. Covering ideas of ‘edutainment’, to permacultures
and ecology that surround the idea of live television the project will engage with how live TV has
changed our understanding of culture and public space. Each episode will investigate a range of
approaches exploring the expanded notion of the televised live performance, the live soap opera
and factual, documentary presentation, through the choreography inherent in both performance
and camera movements, and the narrative implicit in the existence of objects within a set.
The studio space will be open to the public both for the weekly broadcasts and also at specific times
during rehearsals in the preceding weeks. The whole process of live broadcast and the creative
process of production will be made public including audiences engaging live in the space and also
tuning in online. In an ever increasing landscape of broadcast media and ‘accessible’ web platforms
this project aims to emerge within pre-existing web communities allowing artists to make and
distribute new work and create new contexts and audiences around their ideas.
Produced collaboratively by artists, Auto Italia LIVE aims to reclaim a space within the television
format that has increasingly lost its experimental aspect. The project will draw from figures including
Nam June Paik that dealt with the risk taking inherent in live TV, Warhol TV bringing a community of
artists together and Jef Cornelis in terms of his pioneering productions for Belgium Television in
particular shows such as Container. Questioning the demise of risk taking in mainstream cultural
programming within the history of British Television, the project aims to provoke discussion and
challenge how artists might work together to create new work, examining how dialogues are
negotiated and tested within this unique context.
Bound up within the collaborative approach to working and new technological developments, issues
of copyright and examining how group material can be authored in the context of Auto Italia are
researched. New commissioning documents will be compiled that will represent the best practice for
commissioning on Digital Media platforms, in ways that benefit the artists over the distributer. These
will reflect the possibility and scope of artists working together and producing work independently
from the demands of the gallery or a standard art context.
All the episodes can be watched as part of the live studio audience or via the website
In colaboration with :
Theo Cook, Georgio Bosisio, Sonia Rodriguez Serrano, Alex Lightman, Mc Death, George Moustakas,
Bethan West, Luke Collins, Robin Stuart, Amy Friend, Ciara Halpin, Mette Juhl, Sam Valiant, Matt
Welch, Nicola Sersale.