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Auto Italia Live

Auto Italia Live is an artist-run TV series which aims to experiment with new possibilities to engage in contemporary broadcast and internet culture. 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.

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.

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.

Participating Artists: Nathan Budzinski, Benedict Drew, Francesco Pedraglio, Heather Phillipson, Eddie Peake, Andrew Kerton, Leslie Kulesh, Rachel Pimm, Lorenzo Tebano, Robert Carter, Benedictions (Patricia Lennox-Boyd and Jamie Stevens featuring Jeremy Glogan, Steve Kado and Morag Keil)

AUTO ITALIA SOUTH EAST is an artists run project space that commissions new work collaborating directly with emerging artists. It aims to provides a framework for developing alternative approaches to practice and exhibition formats. Founded in 2007 the programme includes online and off site projects, provides opportunities for participation, discussion and debate, and aims to establish and develop links between growing peer groups of artists both in the UK and also internationally.

Above – Auto Italia LIVE: Episode 2 Promo

Broadcast on Saturday 1st October

Auto Italia LIVE: Episode 1 – Talking Objects in Space

Broadcast on Saturday 24th September

Nathan Budzinski, Benedict Drew, Benedictions (Patricia Lennox-Boyd and Jamie Stevens featuring Jeremy Glogan, Steve Kado and Morag Keil)

Narrated by: Saul Reichlin

With an discussion performed by: Robert Carter, Tim Ivison, Andrew Kerton, Leslie Kulesh, Huw Lemmey, Michael Oswell, Julia Tcharfas, Lorenzo Tebano, Jess Wiesner and Charlie Woolley

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