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Time Code

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Summary
"Time Code" is a compilation of works by international video artists. It includes: "Luck Smith" by Gustav Hamos (4:55): A man walks through different digitally enhanced environments, including some sort of steel mill. "Maison" by Bernar Herbert (11:00): In this sad piece two women live together in a house by the ocean. With no spoken text, small details show the growing depression of one of the women, who eventually drowns herself. "Heartbeat" by Mary St. James and Anne Wilson (7:10): In this dizzying montage of images, royalty and regency make fleeting appearances. A narrative is woven through the appearance of doorways, a couple in eighteenth century costumes, boxers, ballroom dancers, Queen Elizabeth, and endless streets. "Montenvers et Mer de Glace" by Robert Cahien and Stephanie Huter (8:13): This piece follows the course of a train that goes to the Alpine resort named in the title. Tourists and hikers travel together to witness this natural beauty. "Sterd (Am Am)" by Jaap Drupsteen (7:57): In this gridlike work, special effects provide "windows" into scenes of public life. "Time Squared" by Branda Miller (6:33): This work, which was commissioned for The Contemporary Art (CAT) Fund, is cataloged separately. "Whiplash" by Xavier F. Villaverde (6:37): This piece combines footage of Spanish carnivals and rituals with staged interactions between circus figures and costume-party goers.

This was a joint production effort to showcase the work of video artists on an international front.

The Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund was a joint venture between Boston's Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) and WGBH's New Television Workshop. Funding came from the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities' New Works program in 1983. Co-directors were WGBH's Susan Dowling (New Television Workshop Director, 1982-1993), and David Ross (ICA Director). Kathy Rae Huffman served as curator and producer. The Fund's primary objective was to award money to video artists for new works. The goals were to foster excellence in the exploration of television as a creative medium, broaden video arts international audience through broadcast and gallery exhibition, and increase revenues for artists from the distribution of their works in all markets. Many of the works were broadcast as part of "New Television," and appeared in festivals worldwide. The Fund was also used to sponsor international symposia among curators, distributors, and producers to help promote the growth of video art. In 1990, the ICA assumed full sponsorship of the Fund, where it continued for another year.
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Compilation films, Video art
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