16 May 2013

David Hall was born in 1937 and is widely credited as one of the originators of video art. He began his career as a sculptor and his work was shown internationally. In 1965 he was awarded the first prize at the Biennale de Paris.

The next year he was one off the founders of the organisation Artist Placement Group. In 1968 he began working with moving image and created the term 'time based media'. He taught many young emerging artists and curated important group exhibitions of early video art.

His first works for television were ten Interruptions that were broadcast on Scottish televison unannounced and uncredited in 1971.

These were the first artist interventions into broadcasting and it is this concept that has inspired Channel 4's Random Acts strand. 

His work, including sculpture, films, videotapes, and installations is held in the collections of galleries and museums including Tate London, Museum of Modern Art in New York, Gemeente Museum in The Hague, and the Reina Sofia National Museum of Madrid.

ecstaseeTV too in an updated version of a 1993 work where a live TV set 'falls' in slow motion to the top of the screen - smashing, followed by another and another, until the entire screen is filled. 

David Hall's ecstaseeTV too screens tonight at 12:40 on Channel 4 as part of the Random Acts series of short films. It will then be available to view on the Random Acts website.