artists make TV. Founded in 1992, Termite TV is a video collective with members based in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Buffalo. The mission of Termite TV Collective is to produce, distribute and facilitate the creation of experimental and activist media that challenges the status quo and provides an alternative to corporate media. We value working collaboratively across artistic disciplines, inspiring other artists, encouraging the expression of multiple styles and points of view, risk-taking, innovation and the blend of humor and intelligent critique in our work.
Villa Africana Colobo is a documentary about the creation of a cultural in a Latino neighborhood in North Philadelphia. Using a blend of interviews, oral histories, archival photographs and experimental visuals, this video documents the struggles of Group Motivos, a group of motivated ladies in the community to transform an abandoned lot into a place of art and learning. Through music, poetry, food and dance, the garden celebrates African roots and the African heritage in Puerto Rico, the Unit...
Do you have a family member or friend who has been incarcerated? How is your life affected by it? Termite TV Collective's latest Life Story Project explores the stories that surround incarceration in Philadelphia. These are the faces that are often invisible and the voiceswe rarely hear. Prison Life Stories will challenge perceptions of what kind of people are in prison today and why. by Deborah Rudman, Anula Shetty, Michael Kuetemeyerfeaturing: Patrick Middleton, Julia Lopez, Judith Trustone,...
We have a complex relationship with this building block of life. Water landscapes can serve as reminders of both historical events and personal memories, provide cultural touchstones, fill our need for beauty, or simply provide a source of liquid refreshment. While we attempt to restrict water use through pacts and treaties, sometimes we just can't stop that slow leak on the roof. Termite TV explores a variety of water-y issues, both poetic and political.
What is your biggest fear? Termite TV takes on Terror, exploring the fragile landscape of a country gripped by war fever. The results are satirical, outraged and - ultimately just sad. Learn tips and tricks in Torture for Dummies and play the war video game paid for by your tax dollars. Did you know that George Bush has been honing his strategy by watching vintage Bollywood? Childhood fears haunt the present when a son is beheaded, joining the thousands who die for a lie.
An unelected President wages an illegitimate war, lies to his country, erodes civil liberties and feeds the coffers of his corporate sponsors. Meanwhile, mainstream media looks the other way. Termite TV responds with a mixture of outrage and humor to add to the growing number of voices questioning the administration's actions.
Termite TV collaborates with Tien Duong, Barbara Jerome, and Michael Zhao - participants from the Asian Arts Initiative's Youth Arts Workshop - to produce this portrait of the people who live, work or just pass through Chinatown, Philadelphia. This show was produced in collaboration with the Asian Arts Initiative.