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New Television; Meaning of the Interval

Part of New Television Workshop.

"Meaning of the Interval" is a reflection on openings or intervals that the Japanese call "˜ma,' and how they apply to any number of activities in Japan. "˜Ma' can be architectural space, the vast stretches of empty space employed in Japanese scroll paintings, or the time between one utterance and another on the Noh stage. Images from Japanese public life, ceremonies, and performances are juxtaposed and layered. Sometimes a split-screen approach is used. Scenes include a Butoh dance performance, theater performance, acts of painting and drawing, street performers, and religious processions. The work is approximately 20 minutes long and was broadcast as a segment of episode 303 (1987), and episode 104 (1991), of "New Television." Produced by Edin Velez and Ethel Velez. Approximate date: 1987

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New Television

Meaning of the Interval

Series Description

"New Television" began as a local pilot production of WNET (New York) in 1986. In 1987, WGBH signed on as co-producer, and the shows were aired in Boston and New York. In 1988 and 1989, KCET (Los Angeles) and WETA (D.C.) became producers in association. In 1991, PBS picked up "New Television," and it was broadcast nationally. The following year, the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, replaced WNET, WETA, and KCET as co-producer with WGBH. In 1993, WGBH ceased to be a co-producer for the series, and the "home base" moved to Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) in Hartford, CT.

"New Television" commissioned, produced, and acquired programming. In its early years, "New Television" broadcast works commissioned by The Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund. Increasingly, experimental films as well as video works were broadcast as a part of this series. Many of the later episodes of "New Television" contain works that play with and deconstruct the documentary genre. Series release date: 1986

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Serrano, J.
Baumstein, A.
Andrea, M.
Edin, Velez.
Rites and ceremonies
Heireles, M.
Barbosa, R.
Macrae, M.
Film and Television
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Chicago: “New Television; Meaning of the Interval,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed February 26, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A69D98A81E404BB69F4C0946756FE8DE.
MLA: “New Television; Meaning of the Interval.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. February 26, 2020. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A69D98A81E404BB69F4C0946756FE8DE>.
APA: New Television; Meaning of the Interval. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A69D98A81E404BB69F4C0946756FE8DE
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