Media is a controlled substance
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RIZZO’S BRAIN

RIZZO’S BRAIN

This archeological excursion into Philadelphia’s spotted
underbelly answers those perennial questions:
Did Frank Rizzo really
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tists? Are
you really safe? And finally, how many Philadelphia criminals can you
identify in this program…. Tune in and find out.

Segment Video
Artist
Collaborator Role
Action News Open
Tarot Reading Termite Beth Reisinger Community Member
Rizzo Quotes Michael Kuetemeyer Ben Johnson Actor
Peep Show Mary Clare Stevens
Sales and Closings Jim Ospenson
Mummers Jim Ospenson Mummers Performer
Brain Autopsy with Dr. Gene Hoenig Jim Ospenson Dr. Gene Hoenig Community Member
Test Promo with Martha Star Meryl Perlson Martha McDonald Actor
Pot Hole of the Week Mike Grundmann
Rizzo Quote Michael Kuetemeyer Ben Johnson Actor
Safety Meryl Perlson
Peep Show 2 Mary Clare Stevens
Police Chief justifies violence Police Chief Community Member
Penn is on Top Michael Kuetemeyer
Squirrels Mike Grundmann
Martha and Blaise Tour the City Perlson Martha McDonald actor
Mummers 2 Jim Ospenson Mummers Performer
Rizzo Quote Frank Rizzo Community Member
Summer 1968 Jim Ospenson & Meryl Perlson Barbara Smith Poet
Rizzo as Ubermench Jim Ospenson + Meryl Perlson Lou Pepe Actor
Credits George Kuetemeyer Musician


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DESERT STORM

DESERT STORM


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.
Segment Video
Artist
Collaborator Role
TV Reverse Open
Poster Reverse
TV War Meryl Perlson
Desert Storm My War Jim Ospenson
CNN Logos Michael Kuetemeyer
Information is obsolete text Michael Kuetemeyer
Peace is everyone’s Goal Michael Kuetemeyer
Art of Misdirection Michael Kuetemeyer
Read his Lips with Gulls Michael Kuetemeyer
CNN Wall Street Response Michael Kuetemeyer, from CNN
Military Shopping Jim Ospenson
Can’t Eat Weapons Jim Ospenson + Meryl Perlson Jobs For Peace Performer
CNN Reporters gobble rhetoric quotes from Tarbel’s Book of magic
CNN Gas Attack Michael Kuetemeyer, from CNN
Military Shopping w. crawl Jim Ospenson
CNN No Gas Attack Michael Kuetemeyer, from CNN
CNN Advice for Obsessed Michael Kuetemeyer, from CNN
Iraq is Haunted Jim Ospenson Victor Thompson Community Member
Reflection on Protests Meryl Perlson PRESSA Source video
Black Board Kill Ratio Jim Ospenson
Fuel Air Bombs Jim Ospenson
Anti Body Count Jim Ospenson
Repeating a trick/the Witch is dead Michael Kuetemeyer
Peace Now Connie Coleman & Alan Powell
Credits with Industrial Wolf Blitzer Michael Kuetemeyer

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TELEVISION

TELEVISION

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?

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CONSUMERISM

CONSUMERISM

Segment Video
Artist
Collaborator Role
Slowmo TV crash open
poster
Cable in the New Year Michael Kuetemeyer
Change the Channel Jim Ospenson
How Many Hours of TV per Day Meryl Perlson + Dave Kluft On the Street Community Members
TV film – Responsible citizen Prog Jim Ospenson Todd Kimmel Film Collector
Wave Form Dance Michael Kuetemeyer
I’m a Star Meryl Perlson Mary Clare Stevens Performer
Tube Fare Promo Michael Kuetemeyer
Monkey Brain 23 Michael Kuetemeyer
Laptop Mike Grundmann
Power of the Media Todd Kimmel Film Collector
CNN is God + response Michael Kuetemeyer, from CNN
Saint Clare Michael Kuetemeyer Jim Caiola + Anula Shetty actor
Impulse Two Step Jim Ospenson
Antenna Farm Jim Ospenson
Cable Rate Breakdown Jim Ospenson Roger Berkowitz Musician
TV Sacrifice Michael Kuetemeyer
Credits – plug+socket Mike Grundmann

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?
Segment Video
Artist
Collaborator Role
Action News Open
Poster
Do You Like Shopping David Kluft On the Street Interviews
Obsession Dan Kuetemeyer and Ben Johnson
Coke Pepsi Garden of Eden Michael Kuetemeyer
What Mall are You From
Products in Progress Todd Kimmel Film Collector
Jane on Shopping Michael Kuetemeyer Janet Hoefling Interview
Underwear Mike Grundmann
WOW Bill Board Jim Ospenson
Tube Fare Magic Number Jim Ospenson
Flag Jim Ospenson,Stern, Leuthold, Lyons, Wolfe,
Green
Buy American from a Multinational?
Cola War Michael Kuetemeyer
Victoria’s Secret Society Jennifer Kay Baker + Lisa Marie Russo
Tube Fare Quiz Michael Kuetemeyer / Jim Ospenson
Prez Candy Jim Ospenson
Q-TIP Mike Grundmann
Camel Cash Jim Ospenson
A Short History of Pain Suppression Jim Ospenson
So Many Tampons Meryl Perlson
Tube Fare Watching TV is Work Jim Ospenson
Cola Race War Michael Kuetemeyer
Credits Michael Kuetemeyer

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11-30--0001

GENDER

GENDER

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?
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NATURE VS. CULTURE

NATURE VS. CULTURE


Segment Video
Artist
Collaborator Role
This is Not a Test – Pro Choice Jim Ospenson + Meryl Perlson Pro Choice Woman Interview
TV Smash
Poster
Street – Funny Jim Ospenson + Meryl Perlson On the Street Interview
Street – Sue Jim Ospenson + Meryl Perlson On the Street Interview
Street – white man’s world Michael Kuetemeyer + Forbis On the Street Interview
Street – testosterone Michael Kuetemeyer + Mellisa Forbis On the Street Interview
Street – 2 women Jim Ospenson + Meryl Perlson On the Street Interview
You’re Wearing a Women’s Shirt
Ben on Fishing Michael Kuetemeyer Ben Johnson Interview
Housewife, Mother, Playmate Todd Kimmel Film Collector
Gag Rule Jennifer Kay Baker + Lisa Marie Russo
You’re Wearing Men’s Pants Michael Kuetemeyer
Lady in Blue Regina Boyer + Raquel Whittaker
Beauty is Tied Up in Looks Mellisa Forbis + Michael Kuetemeyer
You Sound like a Woman Michael Kuetemeyer
Men are Obsolete Michael Kuetemeyer Ben Johnson Interview
President of the World Jim Ospenson + Meryl Perlson Adrian McCray Performer
You Think Like
Lisa + Micah Jim Ospenson Lisa Manheim + Micah Interview
Women’s Bikes Jim Ospenson + Meryl Perlson Curtis Interview
Harassment Diary Meryl Perlson
Credits Meryl Perlson

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
Farber, 1962
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.

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CONSPIRACY

CONSPIRACY

Segment Video
Artist
Collaborator Role
Peculiar Fact about Termite Work Michael Kuetemeyer
TV Smash
Nature Culture Michael Kuetemeyer
Humans and Baboons Erik Gunneson and Michael Kuetemeyer
Gone Swimming Connie Coleman & Alan Powell
Museum Culture Jim Ospenson
Graffiti Washing Meryl Perlson
Resurf Michael Kuetemeyer
Aim and Control Meryl Perlson
Lava Play Michael Kuetemeyer
Gone Swimming 2 Connie Coleman & Alan Powell
Analog Nature Culture Michael Kuetemeyer
Philipa Counting Meryl Perlson Philipa Hernandez Interview
Tree and Fence Michael Kuetemeyer
Jesse and Bees Jim Ospenson Jesse Jane Lewis + David Frankel Performer
The Bee is Angrily Buzzing in My Ear Michael Kuetemeyer Ben Johnson poet
Digital Nature Culture Michael Kuetemeyer
Credits with El Time Lapse Jim Ospenson
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.
















































































Segment Video
Artist
Collaborator Role
Kennedy Assassination over+over Jim Ospenson William Cooper Video Artist
TV Smash
Poster
A. Waker on Conspiracies Jim Ospenson A. Waken Interview
Zapruder Footage Analysis Jim Ospenson William Cooper Video Artist
Ideal World + Conspiracy=Real World Michael Kuetemeyer
It Makes You Wonder Lou Pepe
Nothing is Random / Disturbed Loaners Michael Kuetemeyer George K. Performer
More White Noise Chris Emmanouilides
Original Sin is Original Conspiracy Michael Kuetemeyer
Meryl’s Birth Control Kitchen Meryl Perlson
What’s Your Conspiracy Michael Kuetemeyer
A. Waken – How to Resist Jim Ospenson A. Waken Interview
Paws off my Pussy Meryl Perlson Interview
Credits

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THE WILLOUGHBY SHARP SPECIAL

THE WILLOUGHBY SHARP SPECIAL

featuring guest hosts Connie Coleman & Alan Powell.

Join the Termite TV Collective as we ponder Art in theSeventies.

Willoughby
Sharp’s 1975 performance art piece Cough Up shares screen space with “live”
commentary by video artists Connie Coleman and Alan Powell.

A profound
conceptual statement about spectacle in the information age *or* an idiot
man, stoned out of his mind, lights a fire in a bucket?

Cough up!

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LIFE AND DEATH

LIFE AND DEATH

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
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ist when you’re HIV positive.

 

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CLEANLINESS IS NEXT TO GODLINESS

CLEANLINESS IS NEXT TO GODLINESS



mature content

Segment Video
Artist
Collaborator Role
Smash TV
Life and Death Font
Channelled Info on Death Michael Kuetemeyer Lynn Zoe Interview
Worm Discovery Meryl Perlson Jim Caiola Interview
Glass Jaw excerpt Michael O’Reily
When Angry Ghosts Vanish Michael Kuetemeyer Lynn Zoe Interview
Lost Teeth and AIDS Jim Ospenson Gary Bailly Interview
French Toast Jim Ospenson Jesse Jane Lewis Performer
Lightning Michael Kuetemeyer Sara Shapiro Interview
Endo Michelle Hughes
More on Worms Meryl Perlson Jim Caiola Interview
Must have Humor Michael Kuetemeyer Lynn Zoe Interview
Cemetery Mike Grundmann
Credits with final live take
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!

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Segment Video Artist Collaborator Role
Pipa Doody in her Panties Meryl Perlson Philipa Hernandez interview
Smash TV Open
ECU Vibrator Meryl Perlson
who among us has not sinned
Confessions Lou Pepe
vibrator and Jesus Meryl Perlson
Religion is the opiate of the masses
The Surreal Thing Mike Kuetemeyer Rob McKellar Community Member
Vibrator in the garden Meryl Perlson
on the road to salvation
Hitchhiking Moral Meryl Perlson
Ablution S. Ashraf Meer
Do unto others. . .
House Boy Jim Ospenson Spryte Community Member
vibrator on pillow Meryl Perlson
if it feels good, do it
Why I Masterbate R Brenin
If Pussy Could Talk Karen Lefkovitz