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Janek Schaefer

National Portrait (The Last Transmission)

August 10, 2011
Artist Multiple

Our world is continually in transition. Technologies drift into obsolescence as others push to fill some potential consumer gap, and these in turn influence the way we process and occupyour media saturated environment. At midnight on December 1st 2009, Liverpool’s analog television signal was switched off to the five terrestrial TV stations, paving the way for a purelydigital paradigm. It marked the end of an analogue era that began in 1936. There to capture and frame this cultural shift was sound artist Janek Schaefer.

The edition follows on from the original installation, which was commissioned as part of his retrospective at The Bluecoat, in Liverpool city centre. A condensed collection of 24 hours offound sound, forming a seething ocean of data from that final days broadcasting. Voiceovers, incidental music, current affairs reports, commercials, dead air, sports commentary, filmdialogue and other broadcast detritus are reshaped into a comprehensive concrète collage.

A sound portrait of a single day, that speaks for a lifetime.

A limited edition of 40 artist multiples: A raw 4Gb USB drive containing the days data is housed inside a screen printed TV remote control.