Björk explains how TVs work

Craft & Design Technology

In this video clip, artist Björk demonstrates how to take apart a television, and explains why you shouldn’t trust poets to explain electronics to you. [via The Amp Hour]


36 thoughts on “Björk explains how TVs work

  1. Tim Harris says:

    millions and millions of little screens batman!

  2. kalleguld says:

    What a cute accent she has.

  3. Dino Segovis says:

    Yeah to take apart a TV all you do is take the back off… no screws or anything! Aren’t TVs amazing!
    Oh and BTW, watch the big wire there on the CRT.

  4. falnfenix says:

    i adore Bjork…she’s wacky, but adorable.

    1. Dave Brunker says:

      Bjork is really good at being Bjork and that’s not a bad thing.

  5. Ken Adams says:

    i could listen to her talk about paint drying :)

  6. David Hayes says:

    She’s insane, brilliant but insane

  7. Nathanael Phillips says:

    I don’t know…I think that poet was on to something. Television has become a powerful medium, and (I believe) a vast majority of folks let their brains switch off while watching it. Even though we mockingly say, “it’s on TV so it must be true” a lot of people are quickly and easily influenced by it.

  8. Paul Simpson says:

    Alex Bag did a video where she was watching this. It was hilarious.

  9. Andy says:

    i thought opening TVs was dangerous for some reason…

  10. Anonymous says:

    I thought she did a good job at explaining the rise of Glenn Beck on his TV show. ;)

  11. teleny says:

    Sounds like she’d touched the flyback transformer too often…

  12. Anonymous says:

    It always makes me cringe when I see people touching the wires inside electrical devices. I always expect to see sparks and smoke and . . . bits of things.

    Why does she still have a CRT-based TV?

    1. László Nagy says:

      It was shot in 1988 or 1989. And was meant to be a joke, not pot influenced mumbling. Was released on The Sugarcubes: Live Zabor DVD. (At least I found these infos when I found it and wrote a post about it several years ago.)

  13. Caleb Cotter says:

    I wonder is she knows how much voltage is in those capacitors. I am cringing watching her stick her hands in there.

    1. Capt.tagon says:

      It’s not the caps you have to worry about, it’s that red wire going up to the VDT which is a giant Leyden Jar containing potentially 25-35kV just waiting to jump out with sufficient amperage to bite and kill anywhere between the flyback transformer and the socket.

      Except for the VDT, modern TV’s are low voltage, nothing like the old tube stuff I used to work on that had 250-800V floating round on the chassis circuitry.

  14. Anonymous says:

    One wonders whether this was before or after

  15. Cody Hufstetler says:

    one has to wonder… did anyone warn her about the giant caps and the transformers in there, or was she just risking life and limb without knowing it?

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