TV Carnage: A Rich Tradition of Magic
Location: Bartos Screening Room
Dir. Derrick Beckles. 1998, 73 mins. Digital projection. TV Carnage is a series of provocative feature-length media collages produced by Ontario artist Derrick Beckles that began in the mid 1990s. Stitched together from infomercials, celebrity workout videos, and made-for-TV travesties, TV Carnage presents a vomitous response to the everyday deluge of media to which we have all grown far too accustomed. Yet Beckles never loses his keen eye for finding the political in the mundane. The wide influence of TV Carnage—its quirky editing style, its VHS aesthetic, its downright bizarreness—can be seen most squarely in the recent work of comedy duo Tim & Eric and many of their Adult Swim colleagues. Shown here is the second entry in Beckles’ series, A Rich Tradition of Magic.
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