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Rockefeller Artists in Television; Rear Bumper IV


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Rockefeller Artists in Television
Rear Bumper IV
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Series Description

The "Rockefeller Artists-in-Television" residency program was created to support artists working in television. It was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation from 1967 through 1970. It was replaced by "The WGBH Project for New Television." While some of the Rockefeller artists, such as Nam June Paik, were already very committed to the medium of video, others were coming to the medium for the first time or from a film background. Paik developed the Paik-Abe videosynthesizer, with Shuya Abe, while working as a Rockefeller artist (though additional funding for the synthesizer's construction was provided by WGBH). The device was used to generate special effects and color enhancements. Artists supported by this program included: Mary Feldhaus-Weber, Marie Cosindas, Lee Lockwood, Stan Vanderbeek, David Wheeler, Nam June Paik, Zone, Newton Wayland, Shoshana Dubiner, Theo Wolfe, Dick Bartlett, Tim Mayer, The Propositions, Tim Hunter, David Silver, and Jean Shepherd. Many of these artists worked collaboratively to create one or more works. Series release date: 1967

Program Description

Segment I: (RT: 8:50) mos footage of four individuals reading, eating, and drinking; Segment II: (RT: 5:00) Jean Shepherd coaxes viewing audience to “create your own pictures” while looking a blank TV screen. Segment III: (RT: 1:49) “Dr.” Jean Shepherd reads from, and reports on the “controversial” viewer mail received as a result of the prior clip “create your own pictures”. Segment IV: (RT: 25:32) Jean Shepherd opines on several subjects including “canned” laughter and T.V. commercials).

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Broadcast program

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Film and Television
Chicago: “Rockefeller Artists in Television; Rear Bumper IV,” 10/28/1969, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 20, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_BBAAE25C45A848AD9E28936A763D1D62.
MLA: “Rockefeller Artists in Television; Rear Bumper IV.” 10/28/1969. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 20, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_BBAAE25C45A848AD9E28936A763D1D62>.
APA: Rockefeller Artists in Television; Rear Bumper IV. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_BBAAE25C45A848AD9E28936A763D1D62
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