ACRE TV is an artist-made tele-vision network that has been broadcasting continuously since February 2014. The network features live and canned video, performances, durational works, and experimental broadcasts. ACRE TV has aired twenty two-month thematic shows, and numerous one-off canned programs and live broadcasts. Works by more than 300 artists and programmers have been watched by tens of thousands of viewers from more than 50 countries. ACRE TV has exhibited at various venues and institutions including: The Luminary (St. Louis), Pensacola Museum of Art (Pensacola, FL), P.3+ at the Hammond Regional Arts Center (Hammond, LA), Threewalls, Fernwey Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art, Comfort Station, and Mana Contemporary (all Chicago). The project has been written about in Bomb Magazine, Newcity Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Artforum, and Art in America. ACRE TV can be viewed 24/7/365 at ACRETV.org.
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Michael Workman, "IN DEPTH// Living in the Cinematic Moment: Kera MacKenzie and Drew Mausert-Mooney’s 'MCA LIVE: ACRE TV.'" Occasional Inquiries, April 15, 2016
"Live cinema, and particularly live cinema sent out over a distance (tele-vision, in other words) is interesting to us in so many ways. There’s the looseness of it. If you fail in live TV, the embarrassment only lasts for a moment, which encourages a kind of experimentation and prolific pace of making that we are both very excited by." - Kera MacKenzie and Andrew Mausert-Mooney
"Sometimes it seems like the collaboration is the work itself. Especially when we do live shows. Getting a group of people to sync their clocks in a room together and make something is the best thing in the world, and I think you can really see it in the work when lots of different people’s energy goes in to holding a scene together for a moment. It changes the scale and when you’re a part of it you get to stay constantly surprised by the work you're making." - Kera MacKenzie
"One of the coolest and most distinct parts about television proper is the lack of an “auteur,” which has stayed true for ACRE TV. Additionally, the platform has allowed Kera and I, and all of the folks on our curatorial board, to approach artists and groups we are interested in with a real opportunity… to make television. This project, more than any other project I’ve done in the past, has functioned as a way to get to know people by working alongside them." - Andrew Mausert-Mooney
David Bianculli, "Bianculli's Best Bets: The 90's." TV Worth Watching, June 22, 2015
"Tom Weinberg and company were on to something, and on to it quite early – and this week, The 90’s is back, with all 52 episodes streamed, in sequence, several times over the next seven days. The Chicago-based artists’ channel doing this is Acre TV, and beginning at midnight ET with the series pilot, you can watch every episode of The 90’s on the Acretv.org website." - David Bianculli
Michelle Grabner, "Atlas Chicago Stability and Flux." Art in America, April 2015
"Threewalls is widely esteemed for its SOLO exhibition series and for helping to support anothing Chicago-based nonprofit, ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions), which hosts ACRE TV, a livestreaming network programmed by artists Kera MacKenzie, Jesse Malmed, Andrew Mausert-Mooney, Nick Wylie and others.” - Michelle Grabner
Jacob Proctor, "Jaime Davidovich." Artforum, April 2015
“Additionally on view were a re-creation of the 1970 tape installation Yellow Wall, a selection of early works on paper and television-related ephemera, and, in a nod to Davidovich’s historical role as a presenter of others’ work alongside his own, a live stream of videos from the Chicago-based artists’ television network ACRE TV.” - Jacob Proctor
Lori Waxman, "The Tape Artist: Jaime Davidovich at Threewalls." Chicago Tribune, March 19, 2015
"ACRE TV, a terrific local arts station which digitally streams live and canned art, including to a monitor hung in Threewalls as part of Outreach." - Lori Waxman
Anastasia Karpova Tinari, "Review: Jaime Davidovich/Threewalls." New City Magazine, February 21, 2015
"Inescapably the immediacy of Davidovich’s television programs is mediated and dated in a time-capsule presentation at Threewalls. However a screen loops Davidovich’s vintage programming with contemporary, Chicago-based artist television programming made by ACRE-TV, to demonstrate the continuing legacy of artist-run television and its expanding possibilities through online platforms." - Anastasia Karpova Tinari
Andrew Mausert-Mooney, "Building a 24/7 Streaming Network: ACRE TV (A Case Study)." Mainstream Media, February 16, 2015
"Kera and I share a collaborative art practice and had been dreaming of creating an uninterrupted live streaming video signal that evolves over a long period of time (think months). This vision of a signal was partially inspired by driving late night through the Southwest U.S. together, listening to strange AM stations slowly re/dissolve in and out of the static, as our radio’s antenna drifted through their broadcast range. The feeling of these small, strange signals that continue on unabated — even when you aren’t around to hear them — is something that still gives me goose bumps." - Andrew Mausert-Mooney
Michael Guarneri, "James N. Kienitz Wilkins by Michael Guarneri." BOMB Magazine, February 5, 2015
"Concurrent with the release of Public Hearing, the artist-made, online television network ACRE TV will broadcast the film’s 106-hour making-of, a mammoth project consisting of fourteen VHS tapes called Public Hearing in Progress."
"MG: Is it all about the desire of making something public, then? Public Hearing in Progress is not the content of the tapes, it is the broadcast of the tapes on ACRE TV."
"JNKW: Sure, this is where it gets really interesting to me. First, these tapes are originals: they have never been digitized and it is cost prohibitive to do so. Second, ACRE TV will be streaming the tapes “live,” that is, playing them for the first time in their entirety. I’ve never watched all the footage, even though I am in it. I will be tuning in to make sure I didn’t do anything embarrassing. So to me, the event is the playing of the tapes: the finger pushing the button, the broadcast." - Michael Guarneri & James N. Kienitz Wilkins
Matt Morris, "New Season of ACRE TV Launches Today." New City Magazine, September 1, 2014
'“If television delivers the people, ACRE TV delivers the Soylent Green, thinly sliced and mostly eyes and ears and brains. I stream, you stream, we all stream for mustard paintings and ketchup pairings. I’ve never seen the Food Network, but I assume it’s like this.” So goes ACRE TV’s description of “Psychedelicatessen,” their block of programming that premieres today, Monday, September 1 and runs through the end of October. Featuring thirty-plus artists and collaborative projects, programs are lined up from 8am through till midnight each day. These projects center around unexpected intersection points between psychedelia and a connoisseurship of food-related artworks." - Matt Morris