Van Gogh TV

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Van Gogh TV - Piazza Virtuale, graphic on the Documenta IX container estate in Kassel.

Van Gogh TV was an artist group and an artist network that wanted to use new media techniques to free the television viewer from their role as a passive recipient in order to enable them to help shape the program. To this end, a number of technologies and dramaturgies for interactive television were developed, produced and shown - mostly on 3sat  .

The project arose in 1986 from a formation of German and Austrian artists and technicians; among the founders were predominantly members of the performance and music group Minus Delta t . Operators and long-term employees were Karel Dudesek , Benjamin Heidersberger , Mike Hentz and Salvatore Vanasco .


  • Ars Electronica 1988 in Linz / Austria: three-day live broadcast across Europe on 3sat via satellite uplink.
  • Hotel Pompino (1990): Interactive game during the Ars Electronica in Linz. Six candidates played with and against each other every day.
  • Piazza Virtuale (1992): 100 day project as part of Documenta IX . On-site visitors and TV viewers could tune into the live broadcast via telephone, fax and PC data transmission. The aim was to revive the marketplace as a meeting place in the media age.
  • Service Area a. i. (1994): Interactive encounters on a virtualized surface. Moderated from the studio ( Steve Blame et al.), Whose images were faded into the interactive world.
  • Cultural Olympiad 1996: Installation of an interactive TV channel at the event taking place parallel to the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta .

Research project

In April 2018, a DFG- funded research project "Van Gogh TV" started, which deals with the work of the group. It is implemented by the Institute for Media Design at the Mainz University of Applied Sciences together with the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and is scheduled to run for three years.

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