Television's Human Nature

Tom Sherman

1977, 28:00 minutes, colour, English


A passively aggressive performance where two 'model' home viewers watch themselves consumate the intimate relationship between the television audience and the medium itself.

Featuring Peter Melnick and A.S.A. Harrison. Originally broadcast on Rogers Cable 10/Metro Cable 10, Toronto, Canada. Television's Human Nature represented Canada at the Venice Biennale, 1980.

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Critical Writing

The Lingering Present: Canadian Video Art in its Youth: 1968-1986
by Lisa Steele. Analogue, 2006. Preston: Electronic and Digital Art Unit, 2006.
Turning Television into Radio
by Tom Sherman. Before and After the i-bomb, 2002. Banff: Banff Centre Press, 2002.
Introduction: Transmissions
by Elke Town. Transmissions, 1982. Cambridge: Cambridge Library/Art Center, 1982.
The 1978 Canadian Video Open
by Lisa Steele. Centerfold, Apr. 1978, v. 2, no. 4.