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New Television Workshop; Art of Memory

Part of New Television Workshop.

Approximate date: 1986

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New Television Workshop
Art of Memory
Series Description

The New Television Workshop originated at WGBH in 1974 to support the creation and development of experimental video art. This experimental programming included dance, drama, music, performance and visual arts on video and film. As early as 1968, WGBH was committed to the development of video art through residency programs, with artists such as Nam June Paik. Many of these early works (pre-1974) were broadcast both locally and nationally. Fred Barzyk, a WGBH producer and director, was the Workshop's Executive Director from 1974 to 1982. Susan Dowling was Executive Director from 1982 to 1993. In 1993 the Workshop ceased production at WGBH. Major broadcast series created by the Workshop included "Artist's Showcase," "Frames of Reference," "Dance for Camera," "Poetry Breaks," and "New Television." Individual works were created for "Visions," a series produced by WNET (New York), and "Alive From Off Center," a series produced by KTCA (St. Paul - Minneapolis). The Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund was co-founded by the Workshop and Boston's Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) in the 1980's, to commission works by video artists. Series release date: 1974

Program Description

This approximately four-minute-long segment of Vasulka's longer work by the same title opens with a man photographing an angelic figure. Historic footage of violent world events are superimposed onto the backdrop of a large canyon. Robert Oppenheimer's words regarding his participation in the development of the atomic bomb are spoken. The work employs electronic effects to distort and enhance the images. Little credit information is provided.

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Atomic bomb
Film and Television
Dowling, Susan (Series Producer)
Oppenheimer, J. Robert, 1904-1967 ()
Nagrin, Daniel ()
Vasulka, Woody, 1937- ()
Chicago: “New Television Workshop; Art of Memory,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed May 22, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4E755BD981D04C4882FCB2A275ACB6EE.
MLA: “New Television Workshop; Art of Memory.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. May 22, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4E755BD981D04C4882FCB2A275ACB6EE>.
APA: New Television Workshop; Art of Memory. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_4E755BD981D04C4882FCB2A275ACB6EE
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