Wolf Vostell, ‘ENDOGEN DEPRESSION Beton TV (Concrete TV) – Event Sculpture’, 1980, Raphael Levy

« The title Endogen Depression is particularly telling. Endogenous substances are those that originate from within an organism, tissue, or cell.Endogenous viral elements are DNA sequences derived from viruses that are ancestrally inserted into the genomes of germ cells. These sequences, which may be fragments of viruses, or entire viral genomes (proviruses), can persist in the germline, being passed on from one generation to the next ashost alleles. Endogenous processes include senescence, the menstrual cycle and the self-sustained circadian rhythms of plants and animals. Thus the installation delightfully calls forth broadcast media as a viral entity within a conjugal host. This metaphor is achieved by mixing old cathode ray vacuum tube televisions, that have been encased or dumped in wet concrete,with funky old tables and dressers that evoke traditional family dwelling » Excerpt from ‘Endogen Depression‘, a short essay by Joseph Nechvatal, on Academia.edu

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1980: First time exhibited at the LAICA Museum in Los Angeles, California, USA as a part of the TV-Installation « Endogen Depression »
1992: Vostell, retrospective at Kunstalle Köln
2001: Vostell TV-Objects and Films at Galerie Fine Art Rafael Vostell, Berlin.
2002: Vostell Television at Kunstmuseum Poznan, Polen.
2014: Vostell. Endogen Depression, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris, France.

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