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I Want Some Insecticide

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Summary
Experimental short video involving stock footage clips, puppets, and music. Among the dominant images are black-and-white shots of arctic scenery, people being disinfected, and cropdusters dropping chemicals. Throughout, dancing mechanical puppets and floating mouths appear over the footage, repeating such phrases as, "It will rain tomorrow," "insecticide," and "ice water." Some of the footage came from the National Archives and the film "Secret Agent."

The music, by Fredrik Nilsen, is a disturbing mix of repetitive, mechanical sounds that reflect the nightmarish mood of the piece. The song's title is also "I Want Some Insecticide" and was recorded and mixed at Avantgarde Studios in Oslo, Norway. Produced and directed by Branda Miller.

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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Insecticides, Music, Puppets
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