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Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund; Easy Living

Part of New Television Workshop.

CAT FUND Part of NTW Master Dubbing: 8/98

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Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund
Easy Living
Series Description

Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund -- WGBH's collaboration with the Institute Of Contemporary Art (ICA) -- offers a co-venture among TV producers from seven countries, each seeking to capture the spirit of a specific environment. Titles include: O PANAMA: a video by James Benning and Burt Barr evoking the mental landscape of a sick man confined to his apartment; TIME CODE; L'IMAGE; STORM AND STRESS; SOLOS, DUETS AND PIZZA: Three dance videos: "Rotary Action", a duet featuring Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane; "Watermotor for Dancer and Camera", with Trisha Brown, and "From and Island Summer", with Karole Armitage; SET & RESET (#4) VERSION 1: Choreographer Trisha Brown performs to music by Laurie Anderson in this video dance piece DAMNATION OF FAUST: story of Marguerite of the Faust legend; MORE TV STORIES: satirizing the relationship between people and their TVs; NEW ENGLAND FISHERMEN - Joan Logue's brief vignettes of fishermen. Series release date: 1985

Program Description

The work follows the movements and activities of individuals represented by miniature objects, most notably the kinds of dolls, locations, and accessories affiliated with model construction. The objects are manipulated off-camera, and thus appear to be moving independently. A caption indicates that the events begin Saturday, August 23 (year unspecified), at 9:15 a.m. Cars move through parking lots and a car wash. New captions indicate the progression of time as the day moves on. A man is seen playing golf; cars pull up at the beach and a drive-in theater; members of a family watch television at their home, a cop makes rounds, and a drag race takes place. All of these activities are suggested very subtly. The sound score is very minimal, with occasional spoken remarks and sound effects.



Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Miniature objects
Film and Television
Lord, Chip ()
McGowan, Mickey ()
Chicago: “Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund; Easy Living,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed June 16, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_ED84DFD9F2BA4E3E8D1001C7D884A452.
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APA: Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund; Easy Living. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_ED84DFD9F2BA4E3E8D1001C7D884A452
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