Keith Arnatt, Self-Burial (Television Interfernce Project), 1969
At 8:15pm on 11 October 1969, just after the evening news, viewers of WDR3 – a German television channel – were shown a photograph of a man standing in a field. The image was on screen for two seconds. It wasn’t announced, explained or credited. This was the start of Keith Artnatt’s Self-Burial (Television Interference Project).
The work was shown over a period of eight nights with images shown straight after the evening news at 8:15pm and interrupting whatever programme was on at 9:15pm. As the work progressed the man – artist Keith Arnatt – seemed to disappear into the ground.