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New Television; New Television, Episode 309; I Do Not Know What It Is that I Am Like

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"I Do Not Know What It Is that I Am Like" juxtaposes images of animals, both wild and domestic, and natural environments with human activity as it takes place in an apartment, and during a fire walking ceremony in Fiji. Documentary-style footage is combined with staged events. Despite the piece's lack of a traditional narrative, it bears some relationship to nature works. The segment features material from "Il Corpo Scuro (The dark body)" - animals and natural environments are seen up close and at a distance. Approximate date: 1986


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Series
New Television
Program
New Television, Episode 309
Program Number

309

Title

I Do Not Know What It Is that I Am Like

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

Program Description

Features Bill Viola’s “I Do Not Know What It Is that I Am Like.”

Asset Type

Clip

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Experimental films
Video art
Natural areas
Rites and ceremonies
Viola, Bill, 1951-
Animals
Topics
Film and Television
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Citation
Chicago: “New Television; New Television, Episode 309; I Do Not Know What It Is that I Am Like,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 8, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_AADB0A000C9B46B8BBE37EBB3801B601.
MLA: “New Television; New Television, Episode 309; I Do Not Know What It Is that I Am Like.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 8, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_AADB0A000C9B46B8BBE37EBB3801B601>.
APA: New Television; New Television, Episode 309; I Do Not Know What It Is that I Am Like. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_AADB0A000C9B46B8BBE37EBB3801B601
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