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Artist's Showcase; Batteries Not Included

Part of New Television Workshop.

06/27/1997

Dubbed from A0-01133. Original date 11/13/78.


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Series
Artist's Showcase
Program
Batteries Not Included
Series Description

Anthology series of experimental, avant garde video productions. Program titles: "DANCE FOR CAMERA - SHOW I: DISTRICT I and PALE COOL, PALE WARM;" "DANCE FOR CAMERA - SHOW II: TZADDICK;" "DANCE FOR CAMERA - SHOW III: GEORGE'S HOUSE;" "SELECTED WORKS - 1974 - 1975;" "THE GIRL WITH THE FLAXEN HAIR;" "SET OF COINCIDENCE;" "ALL ACROSS BOSTON;" " UNTITLED PERFORMANCE BY ROBERT GOLDMAN;" "QUIDDATAS;" "TELEPORTRAITS;" "FOUR SIDED TAPES;" "AMY LOWELL;" "PRIMORDIAL SOUP;" "HOWARD;" "THIRD TAPE;" "PAST FANTASIES;" "SEMI BUFFET;" "EAST ENDED TAPE;" "A COLOR PIECE FOR TV;" "CONTEXTS AND ONE AND MANY;" "THREE TRANSITIONS;" "CITY SCAPE;" "OUT OF TIME;" "NO TITLE." Series release date: 1975

Program Description

In “Batteries Not Included” Betsy Connors depicts a futuristic world of not quite human occupants using stop motion animation techniques. Elongated figures shuffle about while watching a reflection of their own image as projected onto a monitor that drops before them. In an open house furnished in minimalist design, one figure knocks over another one, causing blood to accumulate slowly. A toy airplane hangs suspended in front of a monitor playing footage filmed from a plane, creating the illusion that the toy craft is flying over moving ground. A landscape looking like the moon’s craggy surface is slowly populated by clay figures, who stand their ground during a violent storm until slowly disappearing from sight. Filmed entirely using miniature sets of Connors’ own design, the work plays with the illusions she creates. Sometimes the audience is in on the techniques used (as in the case of the flying airplane) and sometimes the audience is left in the dark.

Duration

00:14:56

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Airplanes
Miniature objects
Topics
Film and Television
Creators
Connors, Betsy ()
Citation
Chicago: “Artist's Showcase; Batteries Not Included,” 06/27/1997, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 3, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1975B3C0D1D64F35A99699BF438AFD84.
MLA: “Artist's Showcase; Batteries Not Included.” 06/27/1997. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 3, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1975B3C0D1D64F35A99699BF438AFD84>.
APA: Artist's Showcase; Batteries Not Included. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1975B3C0D1D64F35A99699BF438AFD84
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