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Artist's Showcase; Bob's Master

Part of New Television Workshop.

Approximate date: 1978


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Series
Artist's Showcase
Program
Bob's Master
Series Description

Anthology series of experimental, avant garde video productions. Program titles: "DANCE FOR CAMERA - SHOW I: DISTRICT I and PALE COOL, PALE WARM;" "DANCE FOR CAMERA - SHOW II: TZADDICK;" "DANCE FOR CAMERA - SHOW III: GEORGE'S HOUSE;" "SELECTED WORKS - 1974 - 1975;" "THE GIRL WITH THE FLAXEN HAIR;" "SET OF COINCIDENCE;" "ALL ACROSS BOSTON;" " UNTITLED PERFORMANCE BY ROBERT GOLDMAN;" "QUIDDATAS;" "TELEPORTRAITS;" "FOUR SIDED TAPES;" "AMY LOWELL;" "PRIMORDIAL SOUP;" "HOWARD;" "THIRD TAPE;" "PAST FANTASIES;" "SEMI BUFFET;" "EAST ENDED TAPE;" "A COLOR PIECE FOR TV;" "CONTEXTS AND ONE AND MANY;" "THREE TRANSITIONS;" "CITY SCAPE;" "OUT OF TIME;" "NO TITLE." Series release date: 1975

Program Description

In this jumble of images we see the reflection of dancing lights in some sort of liquid, which is revealed to be the contents of a coffee cup; a couple traveling downstream in a canoe; a tepee raising; a band playing in a parade at a Disney-themed amusement park; differing analyses of beauty contests; and a viewer giving conflicting reactions to the Burns work. The larger narrative and the connections suggested by the juxtaposition of these images are left largely to the viewer. In a song that accompanies the credits, a man sings, "I'm a video artist, babe." Post production was completed at Synapse. The work was acquired by the Workshop for broadcast as part of "Artist's Showcase."

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Video art
Topics
Film and Television
Creators
Burns, Bob ()
Citation
Chicago: “Artist's Showcase; Bob's Master,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 5, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_FBF4DC099001462BB1BCCFA252AF62F0.
MLA: “Artist's Showcase; Bob's Master.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 5, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_FBF4DC099001462BB1BCCFA252AF62F0>.
APA: Artist's Showcase; Bob's Master. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_FBF4DC099001462BB1BCCFA252AF62F0
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