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Frames of Reference; Landscape in Motion

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Frames of Reference
Landscape in Motion
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 showcase features works created by artists (mostly as coproductions with the Workshop) that deal loosely with the concept of motion. These include: “One Way” by James Byrne “Walking Up” by Peter Campus “Inhabitant of Another Place” by Sam Costa “Ellis Island” by Meredith Monk

Asset Type

Broadcast program

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Film and Television
Chicago: “Frames of Reference; Landscape in Motion,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed January 24, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C60047337DA64E78AB950BBAFB4B826C.
MLA: “Frames of Reference; Landscape in Motion.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. January 24, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C60047337DA64E78AB950BBAFB4B826C>.
APA: Frames of Reference; Landscape in Motion. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C60047337DA64E78AB950BBAFB4B826C
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