Interventions, Productions and Collaborations: the relationship between RAI and visual artists

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    On the 17th May 1952, before RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana Studios began their regular broadcast from Milan, the Spatialist painter and sculptor Lucio Fontana broadcast his own experimental ‘artwork’ on Italian television, beginning a fruitful relationship between RAI and visual artists. For some, it provided careers as designers and art directors, such as the painter Mario Sasso and the Arte Povera artist Pino Pascali, while for others, who were given unique access to RAI’s television apparatus, it was an opportunity to explore their own artistic experimentations with an expensive and exclusive medium, such as Carlo Quartucci and Gianni Toti. RAI also hosted seminal artists’ performances on screen including John Cage and Fabio Mauri. This article, based on documents and interviews collected during the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project REWINDItalia, discusses these and other seminal cases as well as tracing and assessing the history of this fruitful and complex exchange between RAI and visual artists.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)155-170
    JournalJournal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies
    Issue number1-2
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015


    • RAI
    • Relationship between Visual Artists and Television
    • Television art
    • Video
    • Performance art
    • television
    • TV Interventions

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    REWIND | Italia, Early Video Art in Italy: I primi anni della videoarte in Italia

    Leuzzi, L. (ed.) & Partridge, S. (ed.), 2016, New Barnet: John Libbey Publishing. 352 p.

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    VIDEOEX | International Experimental Film & Video Festival Zurich, May 24- June 1.

    Stephen Partridge (Contributor)

    24 May 20141 Jun 2014

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    Simposio REWINDItalia: Videoart in Italy 1968-1982

    Stephen Partridge (Organiser)

    19 Apr 201220 Apr 2012

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