Exhibit Opening: THE END of Analog Party (Feb 17, 2009)
Metro Gallery, 1700 N Charles St
Doors 8pm, Show 9pm; $6, Light snacks, Cash bar
Bands: Lo Moda, Plans Plans, and Edie Sedgwick
VJs: Joe Reinsel, Chris LaMartina, and Guy Werner
Exhibiting Video Artists: Vin Grabill, Atomic TV, Phil Davis, Kristen Anchor, and Preston Poe
What a fitting event for an Atomic TV retrospective: a farewell party for the archaic medium of analog video featuring a long dormant TV show that’s been pretty much dead and decomposing for the past 4 years (Atomic TV, b. June 1997 – d. February 2005)! Atomic TV’s heyday was roughly 1997 to 2000. In the New Millenium, Scott Huffines and I only turned in a few sporadic “holiday” and “special” episodes (“The Thanksgiving Episode” “The Black History Month Episode” “Atomic TV Shorts,” “The Mark Harp Memorial Episode,” and the “2004 Election Political Episode”), a result of various factors including unemployment, new employment, spending too much time at the racetrack, and The Rape of the Tapes Incident (when some feckless and unapologetic city cable employees tossed out about 30 Atomic TV episodes that were stored in their offices). Plus, the rise of Internet video streaming technology, viral video sites like YouTube, and the whole conversion from analog to digital technology took its aesthetic and financial toll and made us kind of redundant(Atomic TV was mostly shot on S-VHS video and edited on “cuts-only” S-VHS VCRs). Whatever. Atomic TV got derailed and only through this event have we gotten back on track to put together a “gallery background video clips” reel. This event has given us the opportunity to go back and dig through the hundreds of hours of video muck we created and find the best slices of the mud pie we hurled at Baltimore’s late-night cable TV audience back in the day. It’s been fun and we hope you think so too.
–Tom Warner, Accelerated Decrepitude