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Contemporary art on your TV, 24 hours a day

The Ikono On Air Festival, launched by the German television channel, will broadcast films and works by artists all day for three weeks this September

Bill Viola, I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like, 1986. © Bill Viola. Photo: Kira Perov

For one international art festival, you might not even have to leave the comfort of your own sofa (or desk). The Ikono On Air Festival will be streaming art films and other time-based art works by contemporary artists 24 hours a day from 6 to 29 September.

After broadcasting in 30 countries over the past three years, the Berlin-based art television channel Ikono TV is due to launch a global stream via the web, mobile devices and all SmartTV, making the channel available in over 100 countries. “We wanted to find a way to celebrate this accessibility and the idea of a festival came up,” says Elizabeth Markevitch, the founder and chief executive of Ikono TV. “A TV channel has never done an art festival before, and for three weeks no less.”

To distinguish itself from the channel’s regular programming that focuses on the whole of art history, the festival will only show contemporary art, including around nine hours of films by Bill Viola, 12 hours of works by Alfredo Jaar, as well as 15 films by William Kentridge and 12 films by A.K. Dolven. The festival can be viewed on http://ikono.org.

ikono On Air Festival - Reynold Reynolds from ikono tv on Vimeo.

Ma Quisha, Embrace, 2011 Photo: © Ma Qiusha, courtesy Beijing Commune
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19 Aug 13
22:38 CET


Cool! Reminds me of SOUVENIRS FROM EARTH www.sfe.tv , streaming a brilliant 24h program online and on Cable in Germany and France.

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