A convention is a convention, whether it belongs to dentists, Shriners or the Republican Party, and although a convention of Shriners or dentists may prove to have greater historical significance, the Republican National Convention outweighs them by sheer size and the fact that the eyes of the world descend upon our cities for a few brief days.
A bit like the film Ace in the Hole about a small news event that quickly becomes a circus, then becomes a story about the people reporting the news rather then the news itself.
For a few brief days, and several millions of dollars the sleepy metropolis of St. Paul gets transformed into cyber-age Tokyo with video screens, art installations, and a variety of other shenanigans; protesters, supporters and miscellaneous circus folk from both sides of the aisle.
UnConvention TV is a series of hour-long broadcasts compiling a variety of projects about art, politics, and being American. It’s the complicated crossroads where art, politics, journalism and public opinion get together a dance a little cha-cha, a conduit to start talking about the issues, our political process, and perhaps the general absurdity of the whole thing.
UnConvention TV features work from official UnConvention projects, as well as pieces from official and unofficial new sources, the Uptake, Eric Tretbar, independent filmmakers, archival footage. This is a pop abstract expressionist, unbiased view of a very biased process. If there is something we should know about tell us, right now. We just want good work that talks about politics and the society in which we hang our collective hats.
– Chris Strouth