Reactor blog


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!


Frank Abbott • Larry Achiampong • Francis Alÿs • Mike Brooks • Dara Birnbaum • Jim Brouwer • Lucy Clout  • James Patrick Cox • Disinformation • Michelle Doyle • Benedict Drew • Sam Dolbear • Pete Ellis • Susan Finlay • Nicolas Helm-Grovas • Katie Hare • Tom Harris • Evan Ifekoya • Anneke Kampman • Sooyon Kim • Tom Klinkowstein • Leslie Lawrence • Rebecca Lee • Esther Leslie • Alison Lloyd • Mary Maggic • Eva Richardson McCrea • Eleanor Morgan • Hugh Nicholson • Cóilín O'Connell • Hardeep Pandhal • Vaishali Prazmari • Sahej Rahal • Reactor • Benedict Seymour • Nastassja Simensky • Sophia Simensky • Geraldine Snell • David Steans • Korallia Stergides • Rhea Storr • Roger Suckling • Richard Whitby