Anna Lundh. Repris: TV Time.

by florence cheval

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Watch Repris: TV Time live on Lundh’s website here.

Lundh’s project examines how our perception of time has been remarkably reshaped by the Internet, and asks viewers to consider precisely what it means to wait for something today by referencing a bizarre form of waiting from another era and medium: television. Repris: TV Time consists of short audiovisual segments that aired on Swedish channels Kanal 1 and TV2 from 1983 to 1993. As everything broadcast on Swedish state television has been recorded and archived since 1979, Lundh became fascinated with what she thought of as a compelling side effect of this achieving—the gaps of “nothing”—in-between programs. While this “wait time” has since been filled up with trailers or commercials, during the analog-TV-time of the ’80s and ’90s, it was represented by a ticking clock over a child’s drawing or a scenic photograph accompanied by classical or jazz music, nature sounds, or sometimes just silence. These dissected segments of recorded time were replayed and re-experienced in real time at Space—tenstakonsthall.se.

Online impatience is one of our most prominent conditions, spurred by the “agency” of the user who is able to click on links, often choosing and searching constant distraction from things that don’t provide immediate entertainment or news-value. Ultimately the project asks, what does it mean that, for most of us today, the computer and the Internet are at once our news and entertainment provider, communication tool, exhibition space—as well as our clock? —Laurel Ptak