In the age of YouTube, Snapchat and Instagram Stories, broadcasting ourselves has never been easier or less formal, and engaging with video content has become part of our everyday lives. Yet the ways in which we watch TV, and our viewing habits in more general terms, are in a state of flux. Few shows can command a fixed space in our busy schedules, and with on-demand services ever on the rise and the opportunity to binge-watch ever present in our pockets, ‘event telly’ means something different today than in the days of unmissable weekly episodes, five terrestrial channels and the TV Times.
It’s with this context in mind that the tutors on Camberwell College of the Arts’ BA Graphic Design course set their first and second year students an intriguing and rather unusual brief this spring: to create and broadcast a live 24-hour continuous transmission, CHANNEL. Considering the creative potential of TV as a form of communication, they set students to work designing, editing, curating, commissioning, building, filming, performing, recording and writing to come up with a full day’s worth of video content, broadcast on 15 March from within the college itself, with surprising, entertaining and thoroughly impressive results.