The Fine Art of Television Repair

The Fine Art of Television Repair


– [Announcer] The era of television. – [Announcer] The greatest
advance in television. – [Richard] In the ’60s and
’70s, TV had become such an icon that, that artists couldn’t
resist just fooling with it. – It was all pretty much new, and it was really taking
sort of your standard TV sets and just making it really crazy. But the inherent vice of televisions is it is a consumer electronic. – Unlike painting and sculptures, these electronic pieces,
they could just go any time. That was always the big
threat to this in a museum. – [Jennifer] You have these
pieces that if it breaks down, what do you do? – The first person we call is CT Lui. – Lui’s always been the
first person we go to. – It’s because of my father, they’re able to be maintained,
they’re able to be shown, they’re able to be put out in the world. – [Peter] Within the conservation field, this is critically necessary. You can see just the enthusiasm
he has for this technology. (gentle music) (upbeat music) – [Jennifer] When people
started using video, it was sort of this experimental media, so
everybody was sort of wanting to know how it worked,
what you could do with it. – Any major institution
that has video art, probably my father has
touched in some way. – [Jennifer] The Whitney. – [Jennifer] The Met.

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