Please Turn Us On
28 july 2016-Summer 2017
Arthur Ginsberg & Video Free America
Please Turn Us On is a group exhibition that places Glasgow at the centre of a dialogue between early video art and international counterculture.
In 1973 The Third Eye Centre bought and made publicly available what is thought to be Scotland's first video camera. Quick to adopt the new medium were artists Elsa Stansfield (born Glasgow, 1945 died Amsterdam NL, 2004) and Madelon Hooykaas (b. Maartensdijk NL, 1942). Their seminal work What’s It To You? (1975) is presented here alongside two similarly spirited projects from the 70s: Videofreex anarchic pirate tv experiment Greetings From Lanesville (1976) and Arthur Ginsberg and Video Free America’s pioneering fly on the wall work The Continuing Story of Carel and Ferd (1970-75).
Inserted into the exhibition is a new commission by British artist, Heather Phillipson (b. London, 1978). Her contribution questions the place of countercultures in the 21st century and asks how the normalisation of personal video recording has affected contemporary society.
The exhibition is kindly supported by Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York, and Video Data Bank at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Works in Please Turn Us On contain adult content and feature drug misuse, graphic language, nudity and sexual conduct and as a result audience discretion is advised.
Greetings from Lanesville (still), 1976
Courtesy Video Data Bank at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago