Some of you are lucky enough to remember public access TV. Imagine TV by the people, for the people. Not 2,000 channels, all owned by Disney. If you’re too young to have ever witnessed such a miracle, MONOMER TV has taken it upon themselves to recreate the experience for you online.
Lee and Gretchen opened a brick and mortar record shop called Monomer Audio Emporium in September 2019 in Nyack, NY, which has been forced to permanently close because of the pandemic measures. While the social isolation and shut down of society has made a lot of people feel stuck in limbo, others have seen their creativity go through the roof. That’s what happened here!
MONOMER TV takes submissions from artists from across the globe, and pays them for the content that they choose for each episode. The result is an awesome and highly entertaining combination of performance, music videos, video art, tutorials, reviews, interviews, mini-docs and much more for an actual living, breathing video zine that celebrates everyone creating right now. This is the kind of project we find so inspiring! Check out the first 6 episodes of MONOMER TV below and make sure to support their online record shop, and follow them on Vimeo, Facebook and Instagram. If you’ve got something you want to submit, go here, and to donate a little or a lot to keep them going, go here.
Those working in the music and arts scenes, people who once depended on social gatherings for their livelihoods, are now suddenly finding themselves in isolation, cut off from the crowded venues, loud stages, darkened theatres, and brightly-lit galleries which they once regularly occupied.
Because fostering community is essential to what we at MONOMER AUDIO EMPORIUM have been working toward, we have established MONOMER TV. Conceived as a way to promote and showcase the artists working within our periphery, each week we will “broadcast” a new episode featuring YOUR submitted work.
What we’re intending here is essentially a “video zine;” a collection of visual and audio content which will be compiled into ongoing programming to be streamed via Vimeo. Think 1990s Cable Access programming.