Reactor blog

Category: Online


Sep 24, 2022


TESTCARD was a programme of artists moving-image that takes the format of a 24-hour TV variety show which included a combination of live and pre-recorded material to draw on the history of radical and public broadcasting, open publishing and transmission. The first TESTCARD event took the model of mid-late 1990’s and early 2000s popular TV variety programmes like ‘MTV’, ‘Diggit’, ‘TV with Ray Cathode’ and ‘Live and Kicking’, to create a single streamed event that counters the culture of on demand content and engaged in the history of artists' DIY broadcasting and transmission projects including TVX/London Art Lab, Paper Tiger TV,  Radio Anti and Convex TV.

Reactor took the graveyard slot(s) at either end of the broadcast. Viewers could turn on, tune in and drop out with our TV TESTCARD, fall asleep to our soothing tunes, allow the messages to wash over them, and wake up for the punchline!

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IMT Digital Residency

Jan 01, 2022

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Digital Residency
IMT Gallery

Across 2022 we're part of the IMT Digital Residency with Orphan Drift, Reece Griffiths & Ellie Towers, Bijan Moosavi, I. Nakhla, Frankie Roberts, and Rieko Whitfield.

If you want to delve behind-the-scenes and experience the processes involved in the artistic practice of seven artists/artist collectives, check out IMT Gallery to receive monthly 'art releases'.

The residency is coalescing around key threads, built in collaboration with the resident artists and narrated by IMT, including embodiment, fictioning, site-specificity and psycho-geography, and will develop a range of online and physical events across the year.

A taste for the old school is now settling in under your skin and you stick on a video, a trailer invites you to follow the Gold Ones. Reactor’s alternative histories bring new mythologies and approaches to living, you look around your apartment imagining interior decor, perhaps even a kitchen refit. Then a very self-assured voice offers you the chance to boost your luck.