WHO WE ARE
Open TV (beta) is a Chicago-based platform for queer and intersectional television, currently a research project by Dr. Aymar Jean Christian, assistant professor of communication at Northwestern University.
WHAT WE DO
We incubate art and artists commercial television studios and networks cannot develop consistently. We are a project under non-profits helping artists produce and exhibit their work in Chicago and online.
Open TV is in beta and will always be. We are developing new works, but we’re also in development, constantly working to build knowledge about how to advance intersectional art. Open TV will grow slowly: artist-by-artist and series-by-series. We are not focused on “scale” and “big data” but rather on showcasing artists who have earned a few minutes of your time. In this research we seek to develop best practices for independent and community-based arts institutions in the digital age. As a research project, communication and data from the site – http://weareopen.tv – may be collected for publication in academic journals and books. All identifiable information from users of this site will be kept private. Findings and publications will be made available to the public via our website.
Open TV programs have received recognition by the Tribeca Film Festival, Gotham Awards and the City of Chicago, along with funding from Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Propeller and Voqal Funds. Programming partners for exhibition include the Chicago Cultural Center, museums (Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, Brooklyn Museum), galleries (Woman Made, Cooper Gallery, Chicago Art Department), Soho House Chicago, and various community- and artist-run spaces.
WHY WE DO IT
We believe television is an art but must also showcase different types of art outside of the competition format we see on reality TV. We believe television must be open to diverse identities and their experiences, so we are committed to developing work from artists most often left out of commercial production: queer, trans, and cis-women and people of color.
We are helping artists generate value in the industry. All Open TV artists keep their intellectual property and distribution agreements are non-exclusive.