A Postmodernist view: “A world in which the piling up of signs, images and simulations through consumerism and television result in a destabilised, aestheticized hallucination of reality.” In the 80's our teenage children had TV in every room - it was TV all the time! Looking at a television set is the same as looking out of a window in a house, except people can choose anybody’s window in the world to look out of. On the other hand, the boundaries between reality and fiction are getting increasingly blurred. It can be argued that our 'window of the world' is more real because the boundaries between reality and fiction are getting closer - anything that can be imagined can become a reality. Photographing images from television expands the field of references where an image can be frozen from the global window on the world.
The TV T-shirt prints were made in 1981 and grew out of photographs made in the 70's from news features where the content was diametrically opposed to the elements of human interest to be found in the feature - usually about the death of someone who represented a diverse philosophy or an extreme cultural movement such as Communism or Punk Rock. 'The Death of Sid' Vicious and 'The Death Of Mao' were news headlines brimming with pathos but were compressed within this hyper reality already created by the mass media and branded into our subconscious. 'Sid TV 2' snapped the unnerving point in an interview at the Chelsea Hotel NYC where Sid was asked if there was anywhere he would prefer to be. He answered "six feet under the ground".