T.V. to See the Sky

Inspired by Yoko Ono's work SKY T.V.


June 21, 2021 15.45

Skyabovela Copyrightfree Washington için <i>Sky T.V.</i>, Yoko Ono, 1966/2014, kapalı devre video enstalasyonu, değişken boyutlar. Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 2016. Fotoğraf: William Andrews. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
Sky T.V. for Washington, Yoko Ono, 1966/2014, closed-circuit video installation, dimensions variable. Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 2016. Photography by William Andrews. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
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This event is inspired by Yoko Ono’s second conceptualization of SKY T.V. in 1967 for the Lisson Gallery, which she described as “a T.V. just to see the sky. Different channels for different skies, high-up sky, low sky, etc.” SKY T.V. 1966 (furniture piece) was a video sculpture described by Ono as “a closed circuit T.V. set up in the gallery for looking at the sky”. It broadcasts a live video feed of the sky from above the building where it was installed—a way to bring the sky inside, even if a space lacked windows.

In collaboration with Yoko Ono, the Getty Research Institute and the Feminist Center for Creative Work will present a 24-hour video streaming of the sky via Zoom. A network of international institutions will participate in a live broadcast of the sky transmitted to audiences at home. At a time of profound revolution and reflection, a time of restricted travel but great desire for connection, we seek to draw upon Ono’s invocation of the sky as a space of generative possibility and renewal as well as a territory beyond the reach of capital and ownership.

The program will start at 15.42 pm (in Turkey) on June 21 and will last for 24 hours. The sky shifting in different parts of the world can be viewed from home, via Zoom. Register here. SALT contributes to the piece with a 24 hour live broadcasting of the Istanbul sky from SALT Galata. Viewers can experience the sky from different continents in real time. The event takes place on June 21 to coincide with and celebrate the Solstice and the Strawberry Moon Eclipse (June 20-24).

Participants include: Art Exchange, UK; Artsonje, South Korea; Artpool Art Research Center, Hungary; Asia Art Archive in America, India & Hong Kong; Associação Cultural Videobrasil, Brasil; British Antarctic Survey, Halley Research Station, Antarctica; Casa de la Cultura Tijuana, Mexico; Castello di Rivoli, Italy; Collaborative Cataloguing Japan, US; Contemporary Calgary, Canada; Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, US; Dashboard US; Gallery Trax, Japan; Getty Research Institute, US; Greenland National Museum and Archives, Greenland; Group Locale, Tunisia; Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand; Hirshhorn Museum, US; Honolulu Museum of Art, US; Houston Center for Photography, US; Hyde Park Arts Center, US; Interstitial Press, Australia; Japanese American National Museum, US; Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland; Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany; Kunsthalle Dresden, Germany; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; M+, Hong Kong; Malmo Könsthall, Sweden; Mori Art Museum, Japan; Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Canada; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Argentina; Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico; Museum of Art & Design, Costa Rica; Museum Sztuki Łódź, Poland; Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan; National Gallery Singapore; Phoenix Art Museum, US; Rangi Gallery & ARK Artist Residency Program, Tanzania; Recess Art, US; Reykjavík Art Museum, Iceland; Rice Brewing Sisters Club, South Korea; SALT, Turkey; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, US; Schaumbad Graz, Austria; Singapore Art Museum; Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab; Tate Liverpool, UK; TEOR/éTica, Costa Rica; The Museum of Modern Art, US; The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Russia; Tselinny Center of Contemporary Culture, Kazakhstan; Wali Chafu Collective, Kenya; Womanifesto in Australia, Thailand & India; Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art, South Africa.