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Frames of Reference; One Way

Part of New Television Workshop.

Approximate date: 1979

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Frames of Reference
One Way
Series Description

“Frames of Reference” was a series that began circa 1978. Half-hour shows were produced to showcase commissioned and already created works. It was around this time that the focus of the Workshop shifted, to concentrate more heavily on creating works for broadcast. During its time, “Frames of Reference” was the focus of the Workshop’s national arts programming effort. In an attempt to raise funds and foster collaboration, Workshop personnel approached and visited several public television stations nationwide. The major collaborative relationship was with WGBH’s “sister station,” WGBY (Springfield, Mass.). Among the featured artists were Meredith Monk, Remy Charlip, Trisha Brown, and Peter Campus. In 1981, “Frames of Reference” was packaged and offered to PBS, during what is known as “flex time” and was broadcast by WGBH, WNET (New York), and WGBY (Springfield, Mass.). “Frames of Reference” ended as a series ca. 1983, because of a lack of funding. Series release date: 1978

Program Description

This black-and-white work features frenetic, moving, handheld shots of a suburban neighborhood. The piece includes close-ups of trees, fences, and dirt, with the camera often banging into these objects repeatedly.

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Film and Television
Byrne, James ()
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