Resources

Below are some of the key resources we’ve drawn on while doing this research.  For any scholars interested in this field, this list is a good introduction to the relationship between television and the arts.

Berger, Maurice & Spigel, Lynn (2015) Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television.  Yale University Press: New Haven.
A beautifully illustrated account of the relationship between avant-garde art and American network television from the 1940s through to the 1970s.

Connolly, Maeve (2014) TV Museum: Contemporary Art and the Age of Television Intellect.
Through close readings of artworks, exhibitions, and institutional practices, this book charts the changing status of television as cultural form, object of critique, and site of artistic invention.  It usefully  demonstrates television’s continued importance for contemporary artists and curators seeking to question the formation and future of the public sphere.

Goblot, Vana (2013) BBC Four as “A Place to Think”: Issues of Quality, Cultural Value and Television Archive in the Digital, Multiplatform Age. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London.
Focusing on BBC Four, BBC’s digital channel for arts, culture and ideas, this thesis examines how transformations brought about by digitisation, media convergence and broader political, social and economic shifts affect the institution’s quality provision and cultural value. The central argument of the thesis is that the BBC’s approach to cultural value has discursively and structurally changed in response to wider economic and ideological shifts.

Jacobs, Steven (2011) Framing Pictures: Film and the Visual Arts.  Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh.
Although primarily focusing on film, Jacobs offers useful insights into the way the camera ‘animates’ artworks through camera movements and editing, or by integrating them into a narrative. This is a useful text for those interested in the aesthetics of art on screen.

Spigel, Lynn (2009) TV by Design: Modern Art and the Rise of Network.  University of Chicago Press: Chicago.
TV by Design examines the relationship between modernism and network television in the US. The rise of commercial television coupled with new cultural and political movements in the visual arts precipitated a major shift in the way Americans experienced the world visually.  This text offers both a historical analysis and critical discussion of some of the implication of this relationship for definitions of public value and the domestication of design.

Walker, John A. (1993) Arts TV: A History of Arts Television in Britain. University of Luton Press: London.
A comprehensive overview and analysis of the main forms of arts programmes along with their evolution from the 1930s to the 1990s.  Analysing a number of key texts including Monitor (BBC 1958-1965), Civilization (BBC 1969), Ways of Seeing (BBC, 1972) and Shock of the New (BBC, 1980), this volume also discusses the challenges of representing art on screen.

Wyver, John (2007) Vision On: Television and the Arts in Britain.  Wallflower Press.
Offers a detailed historical and cultural account of the dynamic and often controversial collaboration between broadcasters and the Arts Council using close analysis of a number of arts programmes.

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