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Rockefeller Artists in Television; Karsh Cosindas On Tv


Produced and Directed by Marie Cosindas and Douglas Smith

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Rockefeller Artists in Television
Karsh Cosindas On Tv
Series Description

The "Rockefeller Artists-in-Television" residency program was created to support artists working in television. It was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation from 1967 through 1970. It was replaced by "The WGBH Project for New Television." While some of the Rockefeller artists, such as Nam June Paik, were already very committed to the medium of video, others were coming to the medium for the first time or from a film background. Paik developed the Paik-Abe videosynthesizer, with Shuya Abe, while working as a Rockefeller artist (though additional funding for the synthesizer's construction was provided by WGBH). The device was used to generate special effects and color enhancements. Artists supported by this program included: Mary Feldhaus-Weber, Marie Cosindas, Lee Lockwood, Stan Vanderbeek, David Wheeler, Nam June Paik, Zone, Newton Wayland, Shoshana Dubiner, Theo Wolfe, Dick Bartlett, Tim Mayer, The Propositions, Tim Hunter, David Silver, and Jean Shepherd. Many of these artists worked collaboratively to create one or more works. Series release date: 1967

Program Description

Marie Cosindas interviews photographer Karsh Cosindas in the WGBH Studios and Master Control. Majority of program involves the display, on camera, of Karsh Cosindas’ photographic potraits of famous twentieth centruy figures (Einstein, Chagall, Churchill, Picasso, etal). Some home movies shot by Marie Cosindas, of Karsh Cosindas home in Ottawa, are shown. Program concludes with still images of Karsh Cosindas in and around WGBH. 1967



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Broadcast program

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Film and Television
Chicago: “Rockefeller Artists in Television; Karsh Cosindas On Tv,” 03/11/1967, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed March 22, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2368D4917B6C4515B48F973DFF154082.
MLA: “Rockefeller Artists in Television; Karsh Cosindas On Tv.” 03/11/1967. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. March 22, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2368D4917B6C4515B48F973DFF154082>.
APA: Rockefeller Artists in Television; Karsh Cosindas On Tv. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2368D4917B6C4515B48F973DFF154082
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