Medium: Performance
Date: Jan. 14, 1972

On January 14th, 1972, Chris Burden was interviewed by Phyllis Lutjeans on Channel 3's station in Irvine, California. He brought his own video crew that created documentation on the station's own crew as well. During the interview, Burden asked that the station begin broadcasting live. When asked about pieces that he was thinking of performing, Burden held a knife to Phyllis' throat and threatened to kill her if the station stopped live transmission—demonstrating T.V. Hijack. After verbally threatening the host and finishing the performance, Burden destroyed the show's copy of the tape and offered them his own recording. In curator Irene Hofmann's words, "T.V. Hijack was ultimately about who is in control over what's presented through the media."