Aspects of the Global Village:
The Television Era in Canada, 1950-2000
This exhibition presents a selection from Moses Znaimer’s collection of vintage television sets conserved by the Cinémathèque québécoise, and gives an overview of more than fifty years of television by showing how the sets evolved from the 1930s to 1999. From the start, television imagined and produced its audience as a participant by including it in its discourses. This exhibition paints an aesthetic, historical and technological portrait of the television era in Canada through selected views of the global village.
Chariots of Chrome:
Classic American Cars of Cuba
On November 25, 2004 the MZTV Museum will present the book launch of Chariots of Chrome: The Classic American Cars of Cuba, followed by a month long Exhibit featuring photographs, 50s style 3D images and a digital presentation playing on the museum’s historic TV sets. Simon Bell and George Fischer will talk about their work and sign copies of their latest book.
The exhibit consists of selected photographs by Simon Bell and George Fischer of the classic cars in Cuba, enlarged and printed on archival matte paper. In addition there are six eye popping 3D images taken in Cuba by Simon Bell with his custom made stereoscopic camera that are truly amazing to behold. And to round out the exhibit, the vintage television sets on display in the museum will be switched on to simultaneously run a DVD presentation based on images from the book.
Keyed Up, Switched On, Logged In
The story of the birth of modern communication through the union of two of the most powerful inventions in history.
Prior to the invention of the typewriter, correspondence was by pen and paper. The typewriter brought about legibility and an unheard of speed in personal and business correspondence during the latter part of the 19thcentury.
Television boomed after the Second World War and became one of the most culturally influential inventions of all time. Marketed as an appliance that would enhance family life, the societal effects of television in all its current forms is still one of the most hotly debated topics.
The 1970s marriage of the typewriter and the television, first with the
TV Typewriter, then with the Apple personal computer, gave rise to a new generation of information and communication technology whose profound effect on society continues to grow.
TV Collector Moses Znaimer has partnered with Typewriter Collector Martin Howard in creating this exhibit