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Artist's Showcase; Winter Notebook; Lines of Force

Part of New Television Workshop.

01/08/1980

Dub of A0-01128


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Series
Artist's Showcase
Program
Winter Notebook; Lines of Force
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

"Winter Notebook" appears on several videos with another work by Bob Snyder, entitled "Lines of Force." These include a 2" master, a Betacam SP preservation master, and VHS and 3/4" screening copies.

"Winter Notebook" is an eleven-minute-long work filled with electronic effects and treatments. In a predominantly blue-and-green palette, gridlike images of dots and lines appear, overlapping one another and floating through the screen. Vertical and horizontal shapes are overlaid. No credit information accompanies the work.

An electronic musical score also by artist Bob Snyder accompanies the work. Shifts in the colors and movement of the images synchronize with dramatic musical changes. "Lines of Force" appears on several videos with another work by Bob Snyder, entitled "Winter Notebook." These include a 2" master, a Betacam SP preservation master, and VHS and 3/4" screening copies.

"Lines of Force" opens with footage of a dramatic explosion. For most of the piece, the screen is divided, into a triptych at first, and slowly into horizontal and vertical bars. Electronically manipulated footage shows a man walking, a marching band, ferns, cartoons, a window, and a train arriving on a set of tracks. The naturally occurring lines in the array of images presented mirror the electronically created bars and lines that divide the screen. Natural scenes provide a respite from the frantic pace of the images.

The music score was created by Bob Snyder. The music mirrors the pace of the work. When images are at their most frantic, sounds like free jazz horns blare forth. More lyrical electronic music mirrors the more peaceful arrays of natural images.

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Video art
Color
Topics
Film and Television
Contributors
Snyder, Bob, 1946- ()
Citation
Chicago: “Artist's Showcase; Winter Notebook; Lines of Force,” 01/08/1980, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 3, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2CCF1FCF2B9A47069549FB2C9FE27288.
MLA: “Artist's Showcase; Winter Notebook; Lines of Force.” 01/08/1980. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 3, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2CCF1FCF2B9A47069549FB2C9FE27288>.
APA: Artist's Showcase; Winter Notebook; Lines of Force. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2CCF1FCF2B9A47069549FB2C9FE27288
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