Terminal Signal

Terminal Signal was an exhibition of film, video installation, and print media (Brooklyn, NY, 2009) curated by Andy Jimison and Robert Costello.

On June 12, 2009, the Federal Communications Commission mandated that all U.S. based television signals switch to digital transmission. The majority of U.S. households were prepared for the digital transition in the week prior to the power turn-off, however data showed unprepared homes were more likely to be minorities, younger, lower income, and those less likely to have Internet access. Most homes acquired a digital converter box to make their television ready for the change.

In the weeks leading up to the termination of the television signal, many households began dumping older televisions curbside. Collection by the curators of these discarded televisions was a key component to this exhibition as these monitors were used to display the many curated video works and short films being exhibited.