This archeological excursion into Philadelphia’s spotted
underbelly answers those perennial questions:
Did Frank Rizzo really
have doves flying from his armpits? Are the mummers true Proxy-Connection: keep-alive
you really safe? And finally, how many Philadelphia criminals can you
identify in this program…. Tune in and find out.
Where were you when the bombs started flying? Watching the war on CNN
of course… Relive those magic moments, as Termite TV telescopes its
own historical spin on the events, with old favorites like Wolf, Norm,
and that greatest magician of all, George. Remember, in order for the
trick to succeed, you must keep the audience distracted.
Hear the true confessions of a producer as he makes a sacrificial
offer to St. Clare, patroness saint of television. Bow your head to
the gleaming giants at the Manayunk antenna farm. Figure out how much
it costs to watch your favorite programs. Learn how to change the channel.
How many hours of television do you watch a day?
Follow “Only a Test” as we go undercover to a
meeting of Victoria’s Secret addicts, to discover if feminism and lingerie
are really compatible. This half-hour will reveal the true connection
between mall grazing and hunting/gathering, and leak the secret about
the color of colas. How much does watching TV really cost?
Sugar and spice and testosterone and reproductive states of emergency…
Termite TV plays doctor with contemporary notions of male and female,
and explores constructs like fashion, fishing and feminism. Androgenous
babies and obsolete men are just two of the possibilities raised in this
show, which poses a final dilemma : are women’s bikes really liberating?
“A peculiar fact about termite-tapeworm-fungus-moss art is that it moves
always forward, eating its own boundaries, and, likely as not leaves nothing
in its path but the signs of eager, industrious, unkempt activity.” – Manny
This fluid amalgam of shorts questions the
tension between the natural, non-human world and our innate drive to manipulate,
codify, create and control the environment.
THIS IS ONLY A TEST’s most controversial show provides a Theory of Everything
linking the Kennedy Assassination to the texture of day-old Wonder Bread,
Automatic Teller Machines, birth control, disturbed loners, and pussycats.
A high priest of conspiracy theology outlines strategies of resistance.
Autofocus on health and the body. Pathology of the discovery of a large
intestinal worm. Reflection on the illness called “menstruation.”
Talking with the dead. Bladder control and French Toast with a degenerative
nerve disease. Macro closeup on recovery from brain surgery. Finding a
Termites ponder the idea of “taboo” across a continuum ranging
from venial sin, differing standards of physical hygiene, dominant/submissive
relationships and, yes, gay sexuality and masturbation. Shame!